Lycaenidae Polyommatinae Polyommatini Polyommatus (Polyommatus) menelaos Pseudophilotes abencerragus
Polyommatus (Polyommatus) thersites (Cantener, 1834)
Chapman's Blue
Azuré de l'esparcette, Azuré de Chapman

Genus: Polyommatus Latreille, 1804   Subgenus: Polyommatus Latreille, 1804   Original genus: Argus Gerhard, 1850

Synonyms (genus):
   Agrodiaetus Hübner, 1822

Adult:
P. (Polyommatus) thersites (© Raniero Panfili)
Adult (male), Vado di Pezza, Rovere (L'Aquila), Italy, August 13, 2012
(Photo by Raniero Panfili)
P. (Polyommatus) thersites (© Marco Bonifacino)
Adult (female), Carpasio (Imperia), Italy, June 10, 2013
(Photo by Marco Bonifacino)
P. (Polyommatus) thersites (© Raniero Panfili)
Adult (male), Vado di Pezza, Rovere (L'Aquila), Italy, August 13, 2012
(Photo by Raniero Panfili)
P. (Polyommatus) thersites (© Marco Bonifacino)
Adult (female), Carpasio (Imperia), Italy, June 10, 2013
(Photo by Marco Bonifacino)
P. (Polyommatus) thersites (© Raniero Panfili)
Adult (male), Vado di Pezza, Rovere (L'Aquila), Italy, August 13, 2012
(Photo by Raniero Panfili)
P. (Polyommatus) thersites (© Matt Rowlings)
Adult (male), Macedonia, Greece, July 2000
(Photo by Matt Rowlings, Matt's European Butterflies)
P. (Polyommatus) thersites (© Matt Rowlings)
Adult (male), Macedonia, Greece, July 2000
(Photo by Matt Rowlings, Matt's European Butterflies)
P. (Polyommatus) thersites (© Matt Rowlings)
Adults, Peloponnesos, Greece, June 2002
(Photo by Matt Rowlings, Matt's European Butterflies)

Larva:
P. (Polyommatus) thersites (© Bernard Fransen)
Larva, Achaia, Peleponessos, Greece, June 12, 2005
(Photo by Bernard Fransen, Photography of European Butterflies and Moths)

Distribution:
Morocco, S Europe, Turkey, Middle East, Iran, Caucasus, S Urals, Tian Shan

Foodplants:
Onobrychis viciifolia, Onobrychis caput-galli, Onobrychis peduncularis; larvae attended by ants of genera Myrmica, Tapinoma, Lasius

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