Plebejus argus corsicus

Corsican Silver Studded Blue

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Corsica, France, July 2012

Male.

Photo: argus corsicus

Corsica, France, July 2012

Female.

Field notes and information

This distinctive subspecies of the silver studded blue P. argus is found only on Corsica.

Habitat & Behaviour: In the mountains where sparse and patchy vegetation grows amongst rocks and in open woodland.

Identification & Similar species: The underside markings have a distinctive washed out appearance which usually allows easy separation from the similar Bellier's blue P. bellieri with which it can fly.

The females have a blue basal patch on the upperside.

Distribution & Flight: Confined to Corsica at mid altitudes. Locally common. Flies in high summer in July.

Photo: argus corsicus

Corsica, France, July 2012

Photo: argus corsicus

Corsica, France, July 2012

Photo: argus corsicus

Corsica, France, July 2012

Photo: argus corsicus

Corsica, France, July 2012

Photo: argus corsicus

Corsica, France, July 2012

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Corsica, France, July 2012

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Corsica, France, July 2012

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Corsica, France, July 2012

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Corsica, France, July 2012

Potential larval food plant.

Photo: argus corsicus

Corsica, France, July 2012

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Corsica, France, July 2012

Courtship, the female has the orange border.

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Corsica, France, July 2012

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Corsica, France, July 2012