Leptotes pirithous

Lang's Short Tailed Blue

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by Matt Rowlings

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Fuerteventura, Spain, February 2014

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Almeria, Spain, July 2013

Field notes and information

Often found in ones or twos, on occasions it can be found in large numbers . It is widespread and migratory so it can turn up anywhere but it is rare north of the Mediterranean region. It does prefer hot dry places.

Identification & Similar species: The mottling on the underside hindwing is quite distinctive. The hindwing has a tail.

Distribution & Flight: It is migratory to some extent and can turn up anywhere in southern Europe and north Africa as far north as central France, very occasionally further north. Throughout the warm months of the year when it is continuosly brooded.

Habitat & Behaviour: It can be found swarming over Lucerne fields and in Morocco we found it swarming around a species of broom that was flowering in March. Generally it is found in flowery places, particularly around flowering shrubs of the pea family, Leguminosae.

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Madrid, Spain, July 2011

Female.

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Madrid, Spain, July 2011

Male

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Cadiz, Spain, October 2014

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Madrid, Spain, July 2011

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Fuerteventura, Spain, February 2014

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

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Agadir, Morocco, March 2001

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Andalusia, Spain, October 2005

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Middle Atlas, Morocco, June 2005