Cupido lorquinii

Lorquin's Blue

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by Matt Rowlings

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Andalucia, Spain, May 2008

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Middle Atlas, Morocco, June 2005

Field notes and information

This is primarily a north African species although its range does jump across the narrow straights of the Mediterranean to inhabit, locally, southern Spain and Portugal. It is the sole representative of the small blues Cupido found in north Africa.

In north Africa we were very surprised to find it at 2100m at the very end of June in great condition. We found it nearby at Ifrane in early May so either there is a second brood or a very long emergence period.

Identification & Similar species: Its range does not overlap with similar species.

Distribution & Flight: North Africa and south Spain. It seems to be single brooded flying from February to June depending on location. In south Spain it flies April/ May. At high altitudes in Morocco as late as late June.

Habitat & Behaviour: Hot dry slopes with flowers sometimes amongst scrub or trees.

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Middle Atlas, Morocco, June 2005

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Andalucia, Spain, May 2008

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Anti-Atlas, Morocco, April 2013

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Middle Atlas, Morocco, June 2005

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Anti-Atlas, Morocco, April 2013

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Anti-Atlas, Morocco, April 2013

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Anti-Atlas, Morocco, April 2013

The snows of the High Atlas are visible 100km to the north.

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Andalucia, Spain, May 2008

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Andalucia, Spain, May 2008

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Andalucia, Spain, May 2008

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Andalucia, Spain, May 2008