Idas blue - Plebejus idas

 

Family: Lycaenidae.

Flight Time: Mid June - August.

Size: 28-34mm

Altitude: 200-2100m

The Idas blue is a variable species with a number of named forms and subspecies. It is also very similar to the Silver-studded blue, Plebejus argus. The foreleg in idas lacks a spine which is present in argus, see leg closeups.
A beautiful upperside from Mark Ogden, taken in the Dolomites.

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Leguminosae

Diverse.

 

 

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