Glaucopsyche melanops

Black Eyed Blue

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by Matt Rowlings

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Drôme, France, April 2004

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Var, France, May 2006

Field notes and information

A widespread species in Mediterranean regions but never common.

Identification & Similar species: The underside forewing has a row large spots and the both wings have pale submarginal markings. It is reminiscent of the green underside blue G. alexis but lacks the extensive blue basal colouration.

Distribution & Flight: Much of the Iberian Peninsular and southern France. North Africa. It flies in a single brood in spring, usually in April and May.

Habitat & Behaviour: Hot dry grassy places with flowers.

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Madrid, Spain, May, 2009

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Var, France, May 2006

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Drôme, France, April 2004

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Var, France, May 2004

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Provence, France, May 2002

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Catalonia, Spain, May, 2007

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Var, France, May 2006

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Madrid, Spain, May, 2009