Agrodiaetus nephohiptamenos

Higgin's Anomalous Blue

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by Matt Rowlings

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Mt Phalakron, Greece, July 2016

Male with andriconal scales.

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Mt Phalakron, Greece, July 2008

Female doesn't have scent scales.

Field notes and information

An extremely local species from the Mt Phalakron area of north Greece and neighbouring Bulgaria. It's possibly a subspecies or a form of Ripart's anomalous blue, A. ripartii.

Identification & Similar species: The fringes of the male are whiter in this species than A. ripartii . This is subtle and so not an easy feature to use to confirm identification. However, in Bulgaria in 2004 I found two males with pure white upperside hindwing fringes. I believe they are this species.

Distribution & Flight: A small area of Mt Phalakron in Greece and neighbouring Bulgaria. Flies in mid July and August.

Habitat & Behaviour: Dry open grassy places at higher altitudes.

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Mt Phalakron, Greece, July 2016

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Mt Phalakron, Greece, July 2016

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Mt Phalakron, Greece, July 2008

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Mt Phalakron, Greece, July 2016

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Mt Phalakron, Greece, July 2016

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Mt Phalakron, Greece, July 2008

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Bulgaria, July 2004

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Mt Phalakron, Greece, July 2000

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Mt Phalakron, Greece, July 2008

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Mt Phalakron, Greece, July 2008