Polyommatus albicans

Spanish Chalk Hill Blue

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by Matt Rowlings

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Madrid, Spain, July 2011

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

Ssp. arragonensis.

Field notes and information

A widespread species in Spain in wild calcarious hills. It is large and pale, even resembling the whites, for example the small white, Pieris rapae, in flight.

Identification & Similar species: Similar to the chalk hill blue, L. coridon, but much paler, almost white, and averagely larger.

Distribution & Flight: Through much of Spain, although absent from coastal areas. Also local in north Africa. Can be common or abundant where found. They fly in high summer, in mid July and August.

Habitat & Behaviour: Very hot dry grassy stony places. Frequently take salts at rare damp patches.

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

Ssp. arragonensis.

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

Ssp. arragonensis.

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

Ssp. arragonensis.

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

Ssp. arragonensis.

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Granada, Spain, July 2013

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Granada, Spain, July 2013