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Polyommatus daphnis

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Lycaenidae
Scientific name  Polyommatus daphnis
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Tribe  Polyommatini
Rank  Species
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Similar  Polyommatus thersites, Polyommatus damon, Satyrium acaciae, Eumedonia eumedon, Polyommatus amandus

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Polyommatus daphnis, the Meleager's blue, is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family.

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Subspecies

Subspecies include:

Polyommatus daphnis Meleager39s blue Blue Polyommatus daphnis
  • Polyommatus daphnis daphnis – (South Eastern Europe, Crimea, South Urals)
  • Polyommatus daphnis elamita (Le Cerf, 1913) – (Kurdistan, Elburs, Talysh)
  • Polyommatus daphnis hayesi (Larsen, 1974) – (Lebanon)
  • Polyommatus daphnis versicolor (Heyne, 1895) – (Caucasus Minor, Armenia)
  • Distribution

    Polyommatus daphnis daphnis Meleageria Meleager39s Blue Azur l39orobe

    This species can be found in Eastern and Southern Europe and Western Asia, ranging from Southern Poland to the Balkans, Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Southern Urals, Turkey, Caucasus and Transcaucasia.

    Habitat

    Polyommatus daphnis Meleager39s blue Blue Polyommatus daphnis

    These butterflies inhabit grassy and bushy areas, clearings in scrubland and open flowery meadows in hills, at an elevation of 200–1,700 metres (660–5,580 ft) above sea level.

    Description

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    Polyommatus daphnis has a wingspan of 36–38 millimetres (1.4–1.5 in). These small butterflies present a sexual dimorphism. The upperside of the wings is bright blue in males, while in the females it is usyally blue bordered with dark brown. The underside of the wings tends to be pale ocher in the females and grey-bluish in the males, with black spots surrounded by white. The hindwings are distintly scalloped, especially in the females.

    Biology

    Polyommatus daphnis meleageriadaphnisMeleagers39sBlue

    It is an univoltine species. The butterflies fly from June to August. The larvae feed on horseshoe vetch, sainfoin and Securigera varia. Larvae are attended by ants (Lasius alienus, Formica pratensis, Tapinoma eraticum).

    Polyommatus daphnis FilePolyommatus daphnis Malejpg Wikimedia Commons

    References

    Polyommatus daphnis Wikipedia


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