Polyommatus celina

Southern Blue

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Anti-Atlas, Morocco, April 2013

Male.

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Agadir, Morocco, April 2013

Female.

Field notes and information

Split from the common blue P. icarus based on DNA analysis. It replaces that species in S Spain, N Africa and the Canaries. The limit of its range in S Spain and the interaction between these species is not well understood.

Identification & Similar species: Extremely similar to the common blue P. icarus. Possibly indistinguishable. It is said that this species has a tendancy to show black spots on the hinding upperside of the male. I do not know if the two species fly together.

Distribution & Flight: N Africa, the Canaries and S Spain. Also possibly Sardinia and Sicily. It flies in multiple broods throughout the year in warmer places, but not in winter in the north.

Habitat & Behaviour: Flowery meadows in diverse habitats from low levels up to lower alpine heights.

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Middle Atlas, Morocco, June 2005

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Malaga, Spain, October 2014

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Anti-Atlas, Morocco, April 2013

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Fuerteventura, Spain, February 2014

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Agadir, Morocco, April 2013

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Gibraltar, October 2014

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Malaga, Spain, October 2014

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Anti-Atlas, Morocco, April 2013

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Malaga, Spain, October 2014