Eumedonia eumedon

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Eumedonia eumedon
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Eumedonia
Species: E. eumedon
Binomial name
Eumedonia eumedon
(Esper, 1780)
Synonyms
  • Plebeius eumedon
  • Aricia eumedon
  • Plebejus eumedon

Eumedonia eumedon, the geranium argus, is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in the Palearctic ecozone. This butterfly has been included in the genera Plebejus, Plebeius, Polyommatus and Aricia, but recent molecular studies have demonstrated that Eumedonia is a valid genus, different from the previous genera mentioned.[1]

The wingspan is 26–30 mm. The butterfly flies from May to August depending on the location.

The larvae feed on Geraniaceae species (genera Geranium and Erodium).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Talavera, Gerard; Lukhtanov, Vladimir A.; Pierce, Naomi E.; Vila, Roger (10 September 2012). "Establishing criteria for higher-level classification using molecular data: the systematics of Polyommatus blue butterflies (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae)" (PDF). Cladistics. 29 (2): 166–192. doi:10.1111/j.1096-0031.2012.00421.x. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 

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