Turquoise Blue

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Turquoise Blue
Polyommatus dorylas.jpg
Female (Canillo, Andorra)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Tribe: Polyommatini
Genus: Polyommatus
Subgenus: Plebicula
Species: P. dorylas
Binomial name
Polyommatus dorylas
(Schiffermüller, 1775)

The Turquoise Blue (Polyommatus (Plebicula) dorylas) is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in South Europe, Asia Minor, Ural Mountains, Caucasus and Transcaucasia. Wingspan is 15–17 mm and the butterfly is named for the dazzling bright blue colour of the wings of males. The larvae feed on Anthyllis vulneraria (Kidney vetch). The butterfly flies from May to September in two generations. Habitats include flowery meadows in rocky areas at 500–2000 m.

Subspecies are

  • Polyommatus dorylas magna Bálint, 1985 (Eastern Carpathians, Romania)
  • Polyommatus dorylas castilla (Fruhstorfer, 1910) (Spain)
  • Polyommatus dorylas armenus (Staudinger, 1871) (Caucasus, Armenia)

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