Plebejus sephirus

Zephyr Blue

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by Matt Rowlings

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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S Greece, July 2018

Field notes and information

This taxon is found in eastern Europe where it flies sporadically and the southern Balkans where it is more widespread. The zephyr blues were formerly all subspecies of P. pylaon. They are now generally split into 4 species of which this is one. Their disjointed distribution has lead to clear and stable differences in appearance.

The taxon carrying the original name pylaon is found in the far east of Europe, in eastern Ukraine and beyond.

Identification & Similar species: Separated from other zephry blues by distribution, from other Plebejus by the absence of bright reflective blue scales in the underside hindwing marginal spots.

Distribution & Flight: Eastern Europe and the Balkans from Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, FYROM, Greece. Flies in a single brood in early summer, June/ July.

Habitat & Behaviour: Flowery grassy places.

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SW Serbia, June 2012

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Cluj, Romania, June 2006

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S Greece, July 2018

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Peloppensos, Greece, July 2018

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, July 2018

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

With rare company - Chelmos blue Agrodiaetus iphigenia.

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013