Polyommatus bellargus

Adonis Blue

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by Matt Rowlings

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Pelopennesos, Greece, June 2013

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Vaud, Switzerland, May/ June 2010

Field notes and information

Males are a spectacular bright shining blue. The fringes are characteristically boldly chequered.

Identification & Similar species: Chequering of the fringes is characteristic.

Distribution & Flight: Widespread across most of Europe north to southern UK and north Germany. Flies in 2 broods in May/ June and again in August/ September.

Habitat & Behaviour: Open limestone grasslands with flowers. Often common and widespread.

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Valais, Switzerland, October 2010

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2014

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2014

Taking salts from sheep fur.

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2014

Taking salts from dung.

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Genève, Switzerland, June 2014

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2006

Very fine black fringe markings. Also blue on the submarginal band of the forewing is not something seen (?) in, for example, the common blue, Polyommatus icarus.

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2014

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Vaud, Switzerland, May 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, October 2010

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2013

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2014

Taking salts from dung.

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2013

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2014

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Valais, Switzerland, October 2010

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Genève, Switzerland, June 2014

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Pirin Mts, Bulgaria, July 2004

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Cluj, Romania, June 2006

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Valais, Switzerland, October 2010

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2011

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Geneva, Switzerland, May/ June 2010

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Savoie, France, May 2005

The lovely form ceronus or semiceronus.

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Alpes de Haute Provence, France, May 2005