Geranium bronze - Cacyreus marshalli

Upperside.

 

Family: Lycaenidae.

Flight Time: Summer.

 

 

Underside

 

Notes:

I was walking along the seafront in the resort of Nerja when I saw a few of these flying. The are not native to Europe but seem to be catching on quick having been imported from South Africa with their foodplant. Quite an attractive and unusual species.

The picture to the left was taken in Provence, where they were also common.

 

Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution

None

Pelargonium

Pelargonium.

Habitat: Human planted Pelargonium.

S. Spain and other random areas.

 

Early Stages

 

     
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