Kretania psylorita

Cretan Argus

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by Matt Rowlings

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Crete, Greece, June 2018

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Crete, Greece, June 2018

Field notes and information

Endemic to Crete where it is found on just two mountain massifs. As for many island endemics it is quite common where found.

Identification & Similar species: The butterfly is rather dull and bland. There are no similar species.

Distribution & Flight: Only from Crete at altitudes of 1400m and above. It flies in June.

Habitat & Behaviour: Dry slopes and gulleys in high mountains. The habitat is exposed and seems very harsh. It is extremely rocky with almost no vegetation over much of the mountain.

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Crete, Greece, June 2018

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Crete, Greece, June 2018

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Crete, Greece, June 2018

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Crete, Greece, June 2018

Five individuals taking salts from a cow pat.

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Crete, Greece, June 2018

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Crete, Greece, June 2018

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Crete, Greece, June 2018

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Crete, Greece, June 2004

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Crete, Greece, June 2018

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Crete, Greece, June 2018

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Crete, Greece, June 2018

Larval food plant, Astragalus is abundant at high levels.