Meleageria daphnis

Meleager's Blue

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by Matt Rowlings

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Valais, Switzerland July 2014

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

Field notes and information

A very distinctive butterfly with uniquely scalloped hindwings.

Identification & Similar species: Resembles no other species.

Distribution & Flight: Sporadic in northern Spain, across south France, Italy, south Switzerland and more widespread in central eastern Europe and the Balkans. Often common where it is found. Flies from mid June to August.

Habitat & Behaviour: Open flowery meadows in hills and clearings in scrubland. The bright blue males are frequently found nectaring.

Variation: Females vary greatly in the extent of blue. The form steeveni entirely lacks blue on the upperside. In some populations this female form is dominant.

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2007

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

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Burgos, Spain, July 2011

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Macedonia, Greece, July 2004

Female.

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2011

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Valais, Switzerland July 2014

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NW Greece, August 2008

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Macedonia, Greece, July 2004

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2011

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Macedonia, Greece, July 2004

Female, brown form steeveni.