Lycaenidae Polyommatinae Polyommatini Plebejus (Plebejidea) loewii Plebejus (Plebejus) argyrognomon
Plebejus (Plebejus) argus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Silver-studded Blue
Azuré de l'ajonc, Petit Argus

Genus: Plebejus Kluk, 1780   Subgenus: Plebejus Kluk, 1780   Original genus: Papilio Linnaeus, 1758

Synonims (species):
   aegidion Meisner, 1818
   corsicus Bellier, 1862
   hypochionus Rambur, 1858

Adult:
P. (Plebejus) argus (© Paolo Mazzei)
Adult (male), Gran Sasso (L'Aquila), Italy, July 1999
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
P. (Plebejus) argus (© Ilaria Pimpinelli)
Adults (courting), Rifugio Talarico, Pietraporzio (Cuneo), Italy, July 21, 2002
(Photo by Ilaria Pimpinelli)
P. (Plebejus) argus (© Fabio Cavallini)
Adult (male), La Thuile (Aosta), Italy, August 1992
(Photo by Fabio Cavallini)
P. (Plebejus) argus (© Fabio Cavallini)
Adult (female), La Thuile (Aosta), Italy, August 1992
(Photo by Fabio Cavallini)
P. (Plebejus) argus (© Paolo Mazzei)
Adults (mating), Gran Sasso (L'Aquila), Italy, July 1999
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)

Larva:
P. (Plebejus) argus (© Paolo Mazzei)
Larva, Gran Sasso (L'Aquila), Italy, May 2000
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)

Pupa:
P. (Plebejus) argus (© Paolo Mazzei)
Pupa, Gran Sasso (L'Aquila), Italy, June 2000
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)

Foodplants:
Fabaceae: Galega, Ononis, Lotus, Medicago, Genista, Astragalus, Coronilla, Ulex, Cytisus, Colutea, Hippocrepis; Helianthemum, Calluna; larvae attended by ants Lasius niger, Formica cinerea

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