Aricia morronensis

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Aricia morronensis
Aricia morronensis.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Aricia
Species: A. morronensis
Binomial name
Aricia morronensis
(Ribbe, 1910)[1][2]
  • Lycaena morronensis Ribbe, 1910
  • Aricia idas Rambur, 1840
  • Aricia ramburi Verity, 1913
  • Aricia hesselbarthi Manley, 1970
  • Aricia morronensis ramburi
  • Aricia morronensis hesselbarthi

Aricia morronensis, the Spanish argus, is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in Spain.

The wingspan is 22–26 mm.[3] Adults are on wing from June to September in usually one, but sometimes two generations per year.[4]

The larvae feed on the leaves of Erodium species.[5] They are attended by ants. The species overwinters in the larval stage.


Some authors recognise two subspecies, Aricia morronensis ramburi and Aricia morronensis hesselbarthi.


  • Gil-T., F. (2009): Concerning Aricia morronensis in the south and south-east of Spain: new localities, a revision of its sub-specific status, and a proposal of synonymy (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae). Atalanta 40 (1/2): 193-199, 331. Full article: [1].
  • Shaw, M. & F. Gil-T. (2008): The first known parasitoid of Aricia morronensis (Ribbe, 1910), an endemic Iberian species, and notes on the parasitoids (Hymenoptera; Diptera) of the genus Aricia in Europe (Lep.: Lycaenidae; Hymenoptera: Braconidae, Ichneumonidae; Diptera: Tachinidae). Atalanta 39 (1/4): 343-346, 423. Full article: [2].

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