Agriades aquilo

Arctic Blue


by Matt Rowlings

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N Norway, June 2010

The only example I found in cold, dark, wet, windy conditions.

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N Norway, June 2010

Field notes and information

Rare and very local in north Scandinavia. Recently eleveted to species level, this taxon used to be considered as a subspecies of the glandon blue, A. glandon, from the Alps and Pyrenees.

Identification & Similar species: No similar species share the same range.

Distribution & Flight: The very north of the arctic in Norway, Sweden and Finland.

Habitat & Behaviour: It's preference is for rocky grassy places. I was very lucky in 2010 that a fellow lepidopterist had found a single roosting specimen in cold dark wet conditions. In sunny conditions they fly fast and low over the rocks, frequently nectaring.

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N Norway, June 2010