Polyommatus punctifera

Spotted Adonis Blue

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by Matt Rowlings

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High Atlas, Morocco, July 2005

Stunning fresh male, the first of the second brood.

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High Atlas, Morocco, July 2005

Male.

Field notes and information

In north Africa, this species replaces its very close relative the adonis blue, L. bellargus.

Identification & Similar species: Chequering of the fringes is characteristic. Males have a row of submarginal spots on the upperside hindwing. This is also present in some examples of the adonis blue, L. bellargus, in Europe.

Distribution & Flight: Only from north Africa in hills and mountains. Double brooded (at least) in May/ June and September.

Habitat & Behaviour: The habitat is anywhere grassy amongst hills away from the coast. These may be very sparsely grassed areas too but more usually it is in meadows near woodland. It is widespread and common, so is easy to find in the right area.

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Anti-Atlas, Morocco, April 2013

Female

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High Atlas, Morocco, July 2005

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Anti-Atlas, Morocco, April 2013

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Middle Atlas, Morocco, September 2001

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Anti Atlas, Morocco, May 1996

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