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Lysandra bellargus

Adonis Blue

Field Notes

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Valais, Switzerland, October 2010

 

Valais/ Vaud/ Geneva, Switzerland, May/ June 2010

 

Valais, Switzerland, May 2008

 

Valais, Switzerland, May 2008

 

NW Greece, August 2008

 

Madrid, Spain, May 2009

 

Valais, Switzerland, April, June + September 2009

 

Valais, Switzerland, May 2007

 

Valais, Switzerland, June 2004

 

Cote d'Or, France, May 2004

 

Savoie, France, May 2005

The lovely form ceronus or semiceronus.

 

Valais, Switzerland, July 2006

Vaud, Switzerland, September 2009
A rather dark brown individual with reduced markings.

Valais, Switzerland, May 2006

Very fine black fringe markings. Also blue on the submarginal band of the forewing is not something seen (?) in, for example, the Common Blue, P. icarus.

Valais, Switzerland, May 2006

 

Cluj, Romania, June 2006

 

Savoie, France, May 2005

 

Var, France, May 2005

 

Alpes de Haute Provence, France, May 2005

 

Savoie, France, May 2005

 

Pirin Mts, Bulgaria, July 2004

Please send comments on the rather violet blue of this specimen.

 

Var, France, May 2004

Blue form female.
A correspondent has proposed this is approaching the form semiceronus.

Var, France, August 2004

 

Var, France, August 2004

 

Valais, Switzerland, June 2004

 

Dorest, UK, August 2001

 

Dorest, UK, August 2001

 

Dorest, UK, August 2001

 

Provence, France, August 2003

 

Isère, France, August 2002

 

Provence, France, August 2003

 


The males of this species are of a glorious dazzling blue. The blue flashes in the sunlight alternating with the relatively inconspicuous underside. In the UK it is restricted to open grassland of the southern chalk hills where it is locally common. Elsewhere in Europe its habitat preferences seem to be less strict and it can be found in more diverse habitats where, due to higher temperatures and a stronger sun, the requirement is relaxed for short turf and associated hot spot microclimates for the developing larvae.

It is found across Europe but is absent from Scandinavia and in the UK except from southern England. In north Africa it is replaced by the very similar Spotted Adonis Blue, Lysandra punctifera.

 

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