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Meleager’s Blue (Male) (63)
boreocypriensis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6774 W: 207 N: 2989] (9571)
Polyommatus daphnis (=Meleageria daphnis) (Meleager’s Blue) [in Turk. Çokgözlü Dafnis] (Male)

After a female uploading, today a male Meleager’s Blue from my photographic chest which I’ve captured during my trip to Black Sea 2009 trip in Kelkit (Gümüşhane). I also attached an additional workshop from opposite POV and different light way!

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Meleager’s Blue is a medium-sized butterfly with a wingspan of 36-38 (mostly 15-20, at least in Turkey) mm.

The scalloped hindwings are very distinctive feature in this species. The male upperside is bright powder blue, the females is bordered with dark brown and tends to be more heavily marked on the underside. Both sexes are large.

It is found in S. Europe, Turkey, Middle East (Syria, Lebanon), Iran, Caucasus and South Urals. The adult butterflies begin to emerge in June and are on the wing until the end of Sepmtember in one generation (i.e. univoltine). However, in Turkey there are two flight period: it flies in the months of June and July in Western parts, whereas in Eastern parts are on the wing in Jully and September.

The larval host-plants is Coronilla species. Eggs laid on leaves upon which larva feed. In hot, dry situations, plants heavily shaded by rocks or bushes are usually prefered for oviposition. Hibernates as an egg or small larva: attended by some ant species (such as Lasius, Formica and Tapinoma species). Meleager’s Blue observed in grassy or bushy places, usually on limestone/base-rich substrates from 200 m to 1700 m.

References:
1. Baytaş, A. (2008). Türkiye’nin Kelebekleri Doğa Rehberi. NTV yayınları, Doğuş Grubu İletişim Yayıncılık ve Ticaret A.Ş., Istanbul, 222 s.
2. Tolman, T.(2008).Collins Butterfly Guide of Britain and Europe. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., London,. 384 pp.

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boreocypriensis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6774 W: 207 N: 2989] (9571)
The same Handsome from opposite POV
Edited by:boreocypriensis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6774 W: 207 N: 2989] (9571)

The same handsome Melaager's Blue from different POV.
Exposure: f/8-1/1600 seconds-iso 400