Agrodiaetus damon

Damon Blue

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by Matt Rowlings

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

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Hautes Alpes, France, August 2012

Field notes and information

Often local but common in mountains. The gleaming male upperside is spectacular and the underside white stripe is distinctive.

Identification & Similar species: The underside has a very bold white stripe which separates it from similar species. The male upperside is an intense bright blue with broad black borders which is also characteristic and will separate it from the superficially similar anomalous blues, Agrodiaetus species.

Distribution & Flight: A mountain species, from the central Spain, Pyrenees, Alps, Balkans and the Carpathians.

Habitat & Behaviour: It flies in open grassy places where it is strongly attracted to flowers.

Variation: Form noguerae is found in the Montes Universales in central Spain. It is perhaps slightly paler than the nominal form.

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Hautes Alpes, France, August 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, August 2015

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Valais, Switzerland, August 2015

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Valais, Switzerland, August 2015

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Valais, Switzerland, August 2015

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Hautes Alpes, France, August 2012

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Hautes Alpes, France, August 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, August 2014

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Valais, Switzerland, August 2015

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Vaud, Switzerland, June 2011

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2011

A. damon with L. bellargus, P idas, C. semiargus, P. icarus, C. minimus

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Hautes Alpes, France, August 2005

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Valais, Switzerland, August 2015

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2004