Agrodiaetus exuberans

Italian Ripart's Anomalous Blue

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by Matt Rowlings

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Val Susa, Piedmont, Italy, July 2010

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Val Susa, Piedmont, Italy, July 2010

This brief courtship display was the only opportunity to see the upperwing. The dark lined veins on the male upperside are supposedly characteristic of this taxon.

Field notes and information

Throught to be a full species for a few years, it is now considered to be a form of the subspecies A. ripartii rippertii f. exuberans. Only found very locally in the Val di Susa.

Identification & Similar species: Looks very similar to the nominate subspecies. No similar species fly with it.

Distribution & Flight: It is extremely local in a restricted range, known only from the Val Susa in northwest Italy. Hot dry rocky slopes with flowers. Flies in the second half of July.

Habitat & Behaviour: Hot dry rocky slopes with grasses, flowers and trees.

Photo: exuberans

Val Susa, Piedmont, Italy, July 2010

Photo: exuberansPhoto: exuberansPhoto: exuberans

Val Susa, Piedmont, Italy, July 2010

This brief courtship display was the only opportunity to see the upperwing. The dark lined veins on the male upperside are supposedly characteristic of this taxon.

Photo: exuberansPhoto: exuberansPhoto: exuberans

Val Susa, Piedmont, Italy, July 2010

Photo: exuberans

Val Susa, Piedmont, Italy, July 2010

Photo: exuberans

Val Susa, Piedmont, Italy, July 2010

Photo: exuberans

Val Susa, Piedmont, Italy, July 2010

Photo: exuberans

Val Susa, Piedmont, Italy, July 2010

Photo: exuberans

Val Susa, Piedmont, Italy, July 2010

Photo: exuberans

Val Susa, Piedmont, Italy, July 2010

Photo: exuberans

Val Susa, Piedmont, Italy, July 2010

Photo: exuberans

Val Susa, Piedmont, Italy, July 2010