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Mazarine Blue

Cyaniris semiargus

Description:

Looked like it was feeding on something in the dirt

1 Species ID Suggestions

Mazarine Blue
Cyaniris semiargus Butterflies of Europe - Cyaniris semiargus


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19 Comments

Hannah Davis
Hannah Davis 5 years ago

Thanks, I just bookmarked both sites

Jopy
Jopy 5 years ago

here is one site for butterflie's determination that I often use, it's also very good http://www.leps.it/

James McNair
James McNair 5 years ago

Hannah for butterfly ID online try http://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/ This is a great site and has all the world broken down into many areas!

James McNair
James McNair 5 years ago

Both very gracious, why I love PN so much. Thanks!

Hannah Davis
Hannah Davis 5 years ago

I really appreciate it, I'm learning a lot :)

Jopy
Jopy 5 years ago

There's no need to apologize, it was my fault, I didn't explain well :) this was good discussion :) important is that we found correct ID!

James McNair
James McNair 5 years ago

Sorry Jopy, I thought you were saying you thought this was Osiris, but your image you just shared is Mazarine. My bad! I was arguing with myself I guess!

Jopy
Jopy 5 years ago

here is my spotting of the same species, it's the same as this one
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/364...

Jopy
Jopy 5 years ago

You're right, James, I agree with your suggestion 100 % :)

James McNair
James McNair 5 years ago

Hannah on lower wing I see only 1 spot, there are two on Osiris and only 1 on Mazarine, also look at any reference pictures you like of upper wings, top wing has a clear circle or loop as yours does in image #4, the Osiris does not!

Hannah Davis
Hannah Davis 5 years ago

Hmm, this one seems to have two black spots rather than one on the underside of the hindwing. Pretty sure the top and underside photos were of the same individual, though it did occasionally fly out of sight and then come back.

James McNair
James McNair 5 years ago

Jopy I only see 1 spot on images posted above, also look at upper wings. In image #4 here you clearly see a loop on top left wing, not present on Osiris. The blues are hard as there are so many, but I stand by my ID!

Jopy
Jopy 5 years ago

no, they don't look the same hehehe osiris blue has on underside of the hindwing (part of wing closer to body) two black spots, Mazarine blue has only one...also, upperside of the wings is not the same colored...determination by the field guide is much easier than by internet pictures :)

Hannah Davis
Hannah Davis 5 years ago

Thanks guys, I updated the spotting :)

Hannah Davis
Hannah Davis 5 years ago

Ok, turns out there are far too many incredibly similar-looking blue butterflies, and they're not even all in the same genus! I've been looking at photos of Mazarine blues and Osiris blues, and to be honest, they look the same to me.

Jopy
Jopy 5 years ago

I agree with you, James! Unfortunatelly I forgot my field guide in Croatia and in my head they all look pretty similar! I didn't use internet for suggestion...btw. small blue occure in whole Europe :)

James McNair
James McNair 5 years ago

Jopy the Osiris Blue doesn't have the loops on the upper blue wings, but otherwise I agree it looks similar

James McNair
James McNair 5 years ago

Small blue only found in UK and has brown upper wings with a blue dusting

James McNair
James McNair 5 years ago

Image #4 shows the telltale loops on the upper blue wings. Nice spotting!

Hannah Davis
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Hannah Davis

Berlin, Germany

Spotted on Jun 28, 2015
Submitted on Jun 28, 2015

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