Plebicula nivescens

Mother of Pearl Blue

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by Matt Rowlings

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

Field notes and information

A beautiful delicate pale blue butterfly from Spain. Hard to find although reportedly widespread.

Identification & Similar species: The very pale uppersides, almost white, are distinctive to this species.

Distribution & Flight: Sporadic across hills and mountains of Spain. Very local and, in my experience, uncommon. Usually June/ early July, but emergence is prolonged from May into August.

Habitat & Behaviour: Flowery grassland, clearings in scrubland, rocky gulleys.

Photo: nivescens

Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

Photo: nivescens

Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

Photo: nivescens

Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

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Montes Universales, Spain, August 2003

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011