Tomares ballus

Provencal Hairstreak

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by Matt Rowlings

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Anti Atlas, Morocco, April 2013

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Var, France, April 2007

Field notes and information

This is a rather striking butterfly with bright orange and green colours on the underside. It is very local throughout and difficult to find. Uncommon (in my experience) in small colonies. It is one of the first butterlfies on the wing very early in the year.

Identification & Similar species: This is a distinctive species.

Distribution & Flight: From southern France (Var and Bouches du Rhône) then central Spain southwards and across north Arfica. It is absent from large areas of its range. It is a low level species in the north, rising to over 1000m in the south. It flies from January to May depending on latitude and altitude. In south France it is a butterfly of the first half of April.

Habitat & Behaviour: Dry sunny meadows and grasslands. Flies low and discretely.

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Var, France, April 2007

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Anti Atlas, Morocco, April 2013

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Var, France, April 2004

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Var, France, April 2007

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Var, France, April 2006

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Var, France, April 2007

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Agadir, Morocco, March 2001

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Var, France, April 2006

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Var, France, April 2006