Plebicula golgus

Nevada Blue

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by Matt Rowlings

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Sierra Nevada, Spain, July 2013

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Sierra Nevada, Spain, July 2013

Field notes and information

Endemic to SE Spain - the subspecies golgus flies on the Sierra Nevada and sagratrox on the Sierra Sagra. The latter subspecies is sometimes considered a separate species but this doesn't appear to be supported by DNA analysis.

Identification & Similar species: The bright light blue uppersides of the male and larger round spots on the brownish underside separate this species from the Escher's blue A. escheri which can fly in proximity.

Distribution & Flight: Only found in SE Spain. It flies in July.

Habitat & Behaviour: Very high exposed rocky locations above 2400m in the Sierra Nevada, from 2000m in the Sierra Sagra. Vegetation is sparse and the larval food plant kidney vetch Anthyllis vulneraria is rather small and very low growing.

Both sexes fly low over the ground and take nectar from a range of flowers.

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Sierra Nevada, Spain, July 2013

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Sierra Nevada, Spain, July 2013

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Sierra Nevada, Spain, July 2013

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Sierra Nevada, Spain, July 2013

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Sierra Nevada, Spain, July 2013

Habitat and larval food plant kidney vetch Anthyllis vulnararia.

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Sierra Nevada, Spain, July 2013

Females.

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Sierra Nevada, Spain, July 2013

Males.

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Sierra Nevada, Spain, July 2013

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Sierra Nevada, Spain, July 2013

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Sierra Nevada, Spain, July 2013

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Sierra Nevada, Spain, July 2013