From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Plebejus argus
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Polyommatinae
Tribe: Polyommatini
Genus: Plebejus
Kluk, 1780
  • Lycaeides Hübner, [1819]
  • Lycoena Nicholl, 1901
  • Plebeius Kluk, 1780 (lapsus)
  • Rusticus Hübner, 1806 (suppressed)

Plebejus is a genus of butterflies in the family Lycaenidae. Its species are found in the Palearctic and Nearctic realms.


As a result of studies of molecular phylogenetics, numerous species that were included in Plebejus by some authors at the beginning of the 21st century have now been moved to separate genera again. These species may be found in Afarsia, Alpherakya, Agriades, Aricia, Eumedonia, Icaricia, Kretania, Maurus, Pamiria, Patricius, Plebejidea, Plebulina, and Rueckbeilia.


Species include:[1]

The ardis species-group:

The argus species-group:

The idas species-group (a.k.a. subgenus Lycaeides):



  1. ^ a b Savela, Markku. "Plebejus Kluk, 1780". Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms. Retrieved August 10, 2019.