Aphantopus hyperantus



by Matt Rowlings

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Piedmont, Italy, July 2012

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Vaud, Switzerland, June 2011

Field notes and information

A widespread and often common species of woodlands, generally avoiding the driest places.

Identification & Similar species: The underside hindwing spots are distinctive. In flight it may resemeble (surprisingly!) the dusky large blue Maculinea nausithous which can share the same habitat.

Distribution & Flight: Northern Spain to north Greece and central Scandinavia. Flies from June to August.

Habitat & Behaviour: Grassy patches in forest/ woodland/ scrub or near ditches or other damp places which may be dry during the summer flight time.

It prefers sunny spots in woodland with shade or dappled sunlight. It loves bramble blossom and can often be found in good numbers feeding communally.

Variation: Highly variable, sometimes lacking spots.

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2015

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Jura, France, July 2013

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Geneva, Switzerland, June 2021

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Geneva, Switzerland, June 2021

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Vaud, Switzerland, June 2009

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Vaud, Switzerland, June 2008

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Pirin Mts, Bulgaria, July 2004

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Vaud, Switzerland, July 2020

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Vaud, Switzerland, July 2005

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2011

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SW Slovakia, July 2001

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Vaud, Switzerland, July 2004

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Vaud, Switzerland, June 2011

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Vaud, Switzerland, June 2010

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Vaud, Switzerland, July 2005

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2006