Cyaniris semiargus helena

Greek Mazarine Blue

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

Photo: semiargus helena

Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

Field notes and information

Formerly afforded full species status, it is now considered a subspecies of the mazarine blue C. semiargus helena. It is only found on the mountains of the Peloppenesos. It has a lot of orange which is usually absent from this other subspecies.

Identification & Similar species: The orange is unmistakable.

Distribution & Flight: Endemic to the Peloppenessos where it can be common. Mid June/ July.

Habitat & Behaviour: Open dry grasslands with flowers.

Photo: semiargus helena

Pelopennesos, Greece, June 2002

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Pelopennesos, Greece, June 2002

Female

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

Photo: semiargus helenaPhoto: semiargus helena

Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

Photo: semiargus helenaPhoto: semiargus helena

Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

Photo: semiargus helenaPhoto: semiargus helena

Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013