Polyommatus menelaos

Taygetos Blue

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by Matt Rowlings

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

Field notes and information

Now considered a subspecies of the eros blue, P. eros, this subspecies is confined to a single mountain, Mt Taygetos, of southern Greece.

Identification & Similar species: Similar to the nominate subspecies but larger and with black spots on the hindiwng upperside. The upperside blue is paler.

Distribution & Flight: Only from Mt Taygetos, Peloppensos, Greece.

Habitat & Behaviour: It flies close to and above the tree line in flowery grassy places. We found it commonly at damp springs and at one breeding site. Only the brightly coloured males were taking liquids/ salts. Females were conspicuously rare at the colony, perhaps they were yet to emerge.

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

With eastern brown argus Kretania eurypilus.

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

Peloponesos wall lizard Podarcis peloponnesiacus.

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Mt Taygetos, S Greece, June 2002

Lacking underside forewing cell spot.