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Polyommatus pyrenaicus, (Boisduval,1840)
Gavarnie Blue/ Gavarnie (Balkan) Blue/ Blues Pirene
Turkish Name: Pirene Çokgözlüsü Kelebeği.
Distribution in the world: Northern Spain, France (Pyrenees), Very local in the Balkan Peninsula and the steppes of East Ukraine and South Russia, Greece, Transcaucasia-Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan.
Living Area: Generally, Alpine and subalpine grassland at an altitude of 1700-2250 meters above lives.
Flight time: For the year develops one generation. Late June to mid August.
Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, Rock jasmine-(Androsace villosa), are fed up with.
Description-Notes: It is a very small and inconspicuous butterfly. Polyommatus pyrenaicus sub-species of Dardanus is living in the Balkans and Turkey, many researchers are recognized as a separate species. Male is bright blue gray above with narrow brown borders; female is brown. Both sexes have discoidal spots on each wing; one on forewing is more conspicuous. Underside of forewing is brown with an irregular row of postmedian spots, and additional spots in cell. Hindwing below has a large white discoidal spot and a few black spots ringed in white.
Wingspan: 23-28 mm long.
Polyommatus pyrenaicus pyrenaicus(Boisduval,1840) Pyrenean mountains
Polyommatus pyrenaicus asturiensis (Oberthür, 1910)
Polyommatus pyrenaicus dardanus (Freyer, 1845) (From the Balkans to Armenia)
Polyommatus pyrenaicus ergane (Higgins, 1981) (Southern Europe)
• Alpine blue – Plebejus orbitulus, (de Prunner, 1798)798
• Glandon Blue – Plebejus glandon, (Prunner,1798)
• Silvery Argus – Aricia nicias, (Meigen,1830)
• Arctic Blue – Plebejus (Agriades) aquilo (Boisduval, 1832)
Origin of the name: Toponymic - Pyrenean.
1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.78 pp.
2. Babochki-kavkaza’s: Lepidoptera Caucasi - Gavarnie Blue
3. Moths and Butterflies : Europe and North Africa - Gavarnie Blue
4. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s : Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey - Gavarnie Blue
5. Butterflies of Bulgaria: Butterflies of Bulgaria - Gavarnie Blue
6. EuroButterflies : Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page - Gavarnie Blue
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great shot with good sharpness and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou
- [2014-05-30 8:08]
Hi Seyfi,spectacular capture of this tiny lycaene,typical of your country and very very rare,truly beautiful the wings design and truly great the quality,your butterflies are alwaya magnificent,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
- [2014-05-30 8:23]
Another great macro of a butterfly. Fantastic composition in excellent sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. The matching background is gorgeous.
光線亮麗 構圖美麗 背景深遂
- [2014-05-30 9:14]
Simply amazing pose of the small butterfly and so amazing composition. I like great details of the butterfly and stem and wonderful smooth And colourful BG. Exposure of the shot is superb too. Well done and kind regards.
Ciao Seyfi, lovely diagonal composition with nice butterfly on beautiful blurry BG, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
- [2014-05-31 12:53]
Very nice image, excellent bokeh, nice colors and soft light
Excellent macro of this butterfly, fine POV, being framed diagonally
it gives dynamism to the photo, excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS
Hello Seyfi-Another gorgeous shot.Excellent BG and against it butterfly looks really splendid.Well framed with good details and light on subject.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar