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Plebicula niviscens

Mother of Pearl Blue

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Montes Universales, Spain, August 2003


Montes Universales, Spain, August 2003


Montes Universales, Spain, August 2003


This is a beautiful butterfly. It has very delicate pale blue uppersides, looking almost white in flight. The undersides are also pale and the black spots typical of many blues are present but somewhat smaller than normal.

It usually flies in June and July but it has a prolonged emergence that starts in May and finishes in August. The butterfly pictured above was extremely fresh and found in the first week of August. I believe it would have flown well passed the middle of August. We found 3 others too in poorer condition but no females.