Chequered blue - Scolitantides orion


Family: Lycaenidae.

Flight Time: May - June

Size: mm

Altitude: 0-1100m

Pictured above is a specimen of the subspecies lariana prevalent across southern Europe. This photo is courtesy of Mark Ogden, who took it in the Dolomites.

The multitude of strong black spots on the underside gives this species its name, and makes it readily identifiablE.


Below is a male upperside pictured in Hungary.


Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution


Sedum spp.

Sparsely vegetated rocky areas.

Chequered blue distribution


Early Stages




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