Lysandra bellargus

Adonis Blue


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 2022

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Valais, Switzerland, April 2017

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2014

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2016

The only time I think I've seen this species feeding on bush blossom.

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Digne les Bains, France, May 2022

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2021

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Granada, Spain, May 2019

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Valais, Switzerland, April 2020

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Vaud, Switzerland, May 2019

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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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Pirin Mts, Bulgaria, July 2004