nectar from the larval food plant Anthyllis vulneraria
Switzerland, June 2003
underside marginal patches can be seen
France, August 2003
encounter of a male taking salts at damp ground.
Central, France, July 2003
Greece, June 2002
Greece, July 2000
I've find this species easily over the years in
diverse places such as low hills to high mountain pastures and
everything in between but usually associated with damp patches and open
grassy flowery places. The males are dazzlingly bright blue. They often
form a small part of any patch of blues taking salts at damp earth. They
are equally likely to be found feeding on any range of flowers. Females
are rarer than the males and if found at all at a site they usually
number only one or two.
The underside margins are key to identifying
this species. The white patches that may or may not be broken by the
veins are characteristic.