Plebicula atlantica

Atlas Blue

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by Matt Rowlings

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Photo: atlantica

Middle Atlas, Morocco, June 2005

Photo: atlantica

Middle Atlas, Morocco, June 2005

Field notes and information

Only from Morocco and Algeria. Very local and uncommon.

Identification & Similar species: No similar species fly in north Africa.

Distribution & Flight: The main mountain ranges of Morocco and northeast Algeria. Double brooded in June/ July and then August/ September. However, we failed to find the species in early September where we'd previously found it in May - the site had become extremely dry and devoid of flowers.

Habitat & Behaviour: Hot dry flowery places with stones. Trees or scrub nearby.

Photo: atlantica

High Atlas, Morocco, July 2005

Photo: atlantica

Middle Atlas, Morocco, June 2005

Photo: atlantica

Middle Atlas, Morocco, May 1998

(c) Peter Rowlings