Tomares ballus

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Provence hairstreak
Tomares ballus mascle.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Tomares
Species: T. ballus
Binomial name
Tomares ballus
Fabricius, 1787

Tomares ballus, the Provence hairstreak or cardenillo, is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found on the Iberian Peninsula, northern Africa and along the Mediterranean coast of France.


The wingspan is 28–30 mm. The butterfly flies from January to April.

The larvae feed on Astragalus lusitanicus, Medicago, Dorycnium, Lotus and Anthyllis.

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