Plebejus bellieri

Bellier's Blue

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by Matt Rowlings

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Corsica, France, July 2012

Male.

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Corsica, France, July 2012

A glimpse of the female upperside.

Field notes and information

The tendancy is to consider this as a species rather than a subspecies of the idas blue P. idas. However this is an ongoing debate and it's also possible that the Elban blue P. villai is infact the same taxon.

Identification & Similar species: On Corsica it's distinguished from the local subspecies of silver studded blue P. argus corsicus by having its bold black underside spots.

There are no similar species on Sardinia.

Distribution & Flight: Confined to Corsica and Sardinia where if flies from low levels to 1500m. Flies in the summer from the end of June to the end of July.

Habitat & Behaviour: Grassy areas in open rocky places or amongst bushes and trees. Frequently at flowers for nectaring.

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Corsica, France, July 2012

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Gennargentu, Sardinia, Italy, July 2015

The species was very worn in mid July in the very hot summer of 2015.

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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

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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