Plebejus loewii

Loew's Blue

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by Matt Rowlings

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Rhodes, Greece, May 2017

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Tilos, Greece, May 2017

Female underside ground colour is browner than the silvery male.

Field notes and information

Found on several Greek islands close to the Turkish mainland in the southern Aegean, from Patmos and south to Rhodes.

Identification & Similar species: There are no similar species on these islands. The presence of the underside submarginal blue scales should be sufficient for identification.

Distribution & Flight: Found locally on these Aegean islands from sea level to about 500m. I failed to find it on Patmos in mid June 2002, and it was only just emerging at the end of May on Rhodes 2017.

Habitat & Behaviour: Flies amongst low bushes where the larval foodplant is common and there is a lot of bare ground. Attracted to thyme flowers for nectar.

Photo: loewii

Tilos, Greece, May 2017

Photo: loewii

Rhodes, Greece, May 2017

Photo: loewii

Tilos, Greece, May 2017

Photo: loewii

Rhodes, Greece, May 2017

Photo: loewii

Tilos, Greece, May 2017

Photo: loewiiPhoto: loewii

Rhodes, Greece, May 2017

Photo: loewiiPhoto: loewii

Rhodes, Greece, May 2017

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Rhodes, Greece, May 2017

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Rhodes, Greece, May 2017

Photo: loewiiPhoto: loewii

Tilos, Greece, May 2017

Photo: loewii

Rhodes, Greece, May 2017

Photo: loewii

Tilos, Greece, May 2017