Lycaenidae Polyommatinae Polyommatini Aricia anteros Aricia cramera
Aricia artaxerxes (Fabricius, 1793)
Mountain Argus

Genus: Aricia Reichenbach, 1817   Original genus: Hesperia Fabricius, 1793

Synonims (species):
   inhonora Jachontov, 1909
   macedonica Verity, 1936
   montana Heyne, 1895  (junior homonym)
   nevadensis Oberthür, 1910

Adult:
A. artaxerxes (© Bernard Fransen)
Adult ssp. allous (Geyer, 1837), Lauchneralp-Fafleralp, Switzerland, August 19, 2002. This subspecies is regarded by some author as a distinct species, Aricia allous (Geyer, 1837)
(Photo by Bernard Fransen, Photography of European Butterflies and Moths)
A. artaxerxes (© Fabio Cavallini)
Adult (male) ssp. allous (Geyer, 1837), Livigno (Sondrio), Italy, August 1989
(Photo by Fabio Cavallini)
A. artaxerxes (© Bernard Fransen)
Adult (male) ssp. allous (Geyer, 1837), Lauchneralp-Fafleralp, Switzerland
(Photo by Bernard Fransen, Photography of European Butterflies and Moths)
A. artaxerxes (© Bernard Fransen)
Adults (mating) ssp. allous (Geyer, 1837), Eison-Pas de Lona (Val d'Herens), Switzerland, August 29, 2002
(Photo by Bernard Fransen, Photography of European Butterflies and Moths)
A. artaxerxes (© Juha Tyllinen)
Adult, near the place where the Tram way du Mont Blanc crosses TMB route
(Photo by Juha Tyllinen, Pictures of Butterflies and Moths)

Foodplants:
Helianthemum nummularium, Geranium, Rodium cicutarium; larvae attended by ants of genus Lasius

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