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Plebejus argus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Tribe: Polyommatini
Genus: Plebejus
Kluk, 1780
  • Alpherakya Zhdanko, 1994
  • Aricia
  • Eumedonia Forster, 1938
  • Farsia Zhdanko, 1992 (non Amsel 1961 preoccupied)
  • Gymnomorphia Verity, 1929
  • Lycoena Nicholl, 1901
  • Maurus Bálint, 1991
  • Plebeius Kluk, 1780 (lapsus)
  • Plebejides Sauter, 1968
  • Plebulina Nabokov, 1945
  • Pseudoaricia Beuret, 1959
  • Rusticus Hübner, 1806 (suppressed)
  • Umpria Zhdanko, 1994
  • Ultraaricia Beuret, 1959

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Plebejus (also spelled Plebeius) is a genus of butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. Many genera formerly considered independent are at least tentatively included here nowadays, and some others—Agriades, Albulina, Icaricia, Aricia, and Lycaeides—may belong herein too. The species of this genus are found in the Palearctic and Nearctic realms.

Species include:[1]


  1. ^ Plebejus at Markku Savela's website on Lepidoptera

Further reading[edit]

  • French Wikipedia has a longer list of species and subspecies at Plebejus.