Pseudophilotes vicrama

Eastern Baton Blue


by Matt Rowlings

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NW Greece, July 2016

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NW Greece, July 2016

Field notes and information

Extremely similar to the baton blue, P. baton, but larger and the underside orange markings are brighter and bolder. The differences are subtle. There is a narrow overlap in distribution so butterflies from the eastern half of Europe will be this species.

Identification, similar species and distribution: The baton blue, P. baton, flies west of a north-south line running from northeast Italy to southern Finland. The current species flies to the east of this line. It is also slightly larger with brighter bolder underside orange markings.

Flight: Bivoltine, April/ May and July/ August.

Habitat & Behaviour: Dry hot places with bare earth, slopes, clearings and scrubland.

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NW Greece, July 2016

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NW Greece, July 2016

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Kozani, Greece, May 2004

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NW Greece, July 2016

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Crete, Greece, April 2014

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Crete, Greece, April 2014

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Rhodes, Greece, May 2017

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Peloppensos, Greece, July 2018

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Tilos, Greece, May 2017

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Kozani, Greece, May 2004

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SE Serbia, June 2012

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Crete, Greece, April 2014