Dutch Alcon blue

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Dutch Alcon blue
Extinct  (1979)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Phengaris
Species: P. alcon
Subspecies: P. a. arenaria
Trinomial name
Phengaris alcon arenaria

Maculinea alcon arenaria (Lemke[who?], 1942)

The Dutch Alcon blue (Phengaris alcon arenaria) was a subspecies of the Alcon blue butterfly (Phengaris alcon). There is not much known about this subspecies, but it has always been very rare. It was endemic to the Netherlands, where two populations were known. One in Meijendel (dunes north of The Hague), and in the Meije (in the neighbourhood of the Nieuwkoopse Plassen). The population in the Meije disappeared in 1975 and in Meijendel this subspecies disappeared in 1979.

See also[edit]


  • Maas, P. 2005. Duingentiaanblauwtje - Maculinea alcon arenaria. The Extinction Website. Downloaded on 24 October 2014.