Kretania eurypilus

Eastern Brown Argus

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by Matt Rowlings

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

Field notes and information

This species has an extremely limited range in Greece in Europe, being more widespread in Turkey and the Middle East.

Identification & Similar species: Both sexes are brown on the upperside. The butterfly can therefore be easily overlooked it resembles the females of several other species with which it flies. Key is the very pale whitish grey underside with small black spots. There may be pale bluish grey triangles on the upperside hindwing on some individuals, especially the females.

Distribution & Flight: In Europe, confined to the Taygetos Mts in S Greece and Mt Kerketefs on the Greek island of Samos near the Turkish coast. Single brooded with males flying from mid June and females from end June.

Habitat & Behaviour: Breeds above the treeline on limestone grasslands. Males can travel some distance below the treeline in search of water during hot weather.

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

The larval food plant Astracanthus rumelicus.

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013