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Lycaenid butterfly

Plebejus sp.

Habitat:

found on chalk grassland on edge of the forest

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16 Comments

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

In some blues even the correct genus is a milestone ;-)... Good job, folks!

Jopy
Jopy 7 years ago

I'm glad, too!

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 7 years ago

I am just glad bayucca pointed this out because now we can learn from it too :-)

Jopy
Jopy 7 years ago

Debbie, you suggested the right genus, it's more than half a job to find the name :D

Jopy
Jopy 7 years ago

that's ok, Bayucca! I just read about similar Plebejus species and thought that have to change the ID into Plebejus sp... this one is not from Croatia, it's from Bosnia :) I haven't picture of tibiae, so will leave only Plebejus sp.
Thanks a lot :D

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 7 years ago

I am so glad you put this into consideration bayucca, I wouldn't be offended if the Master of ID's questioned anything I suggested :-)

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

Should be a ? In my first sentence! I do not challenge your ID, just wanted to put this into consideration.

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

I would agree with Plebejus sp., however, can we be sure that it is not Plebejus argyrogronom or Plebejus idas. They usually are included in a whole complex and can only be separated by DNA (100% safely!) or sometimes with a close-up picture of the tibiae.
http://www.eurobutterflies.com/species_p...
One from Croatia, ID correct?
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6134/5926...
Argyrognomon is quite common in Southeastern Europe.

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 7 years ago

Oh good I am glad to hear it :-D

Jopy
Jopy 7 years ago

hahaha spots are not hiding from you, I have other pictures of this butterfly (that are not for public, they are not so good) and there's a lack of spots on underside of fore wings..

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 7 years ago

Phew! wasnt 100% in case one of the spots was hiding from me haha ;-)

Jopy
Jopy 7 years ago

Thanks, Adarsha :D
Debbie, you are great! I'm just in the middle of searching ID and counting spots, and came to same finding as you are, you confirmed what I thought so thank you very much :D

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 7 years ago

I'm not putting this a a formal spotting suggestion Jopy but looking at the amount of spots (or lack of extra ones) on the upperwing I would be inclined to say that this was a silver studded blue! (plebeius argus) simply because the common blue appears to have two more spots further down its upperwing and if you look closely you can see the thick black outline on the lower inner wing! beautiful :-)

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

Beautiful :)

Jopy
Jopy 7 years ago

Thank you, LuckyLogan :)

LuckyLogan
LuckyLogan 7 years ago

Great shot

Jopy
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Jopy

Spotted on Jul 28, 2013
Submitted on Jul 30, 2013

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