Plebicula dorylas

Turquoise Blue

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by Matt Rowlings

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2007

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

Field notes and information

A bright species with shining rich blue uppersides and pale undersides.

Identification & Similar species: Heart shaped red markings on the underside hindwing are distinctive.

Distribution & Flight: Widspread in hills and mountains from central Spain through southern France and eastwards into the Balkans and Poland.

Habitat & Behaviour: They often form a small part of any patch of blues taking salts at damp earth. They are equally likely to be found feeding on any range of flowers. Females are harder to find than the males and, if found at all, they are in very low numbers. I've found this species easily over the years in diverse places such as low hills to high mountain pastures and everything in between. It is usually associated with damp patches and open grassy flowery places.

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2014

The heart shaped orange lunules on the hindwing are distinctive.

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2015

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Valais, Switzerland, August 2007

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2012

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Asturias Mts, Spain, July 2011

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Alpes de Haute Provence, France, August 2005

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2009

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Vaud, Switzerland, August 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2009

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2011

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2011

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Burgos, Spain, July 2011

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Valais, Switzerland, August 2007

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Valais, Switzerland, May/June 2008

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2006