Eastern Baton Blue (Psuedophilotes vicrama)
Taken at Papaz Tchair, Bulgaria, on July 23rd 2015.
(1/200th sec at f14. Approx 4x lifesize)
© David Hastings
DescriptionWing span: 20 - 22mm
The male has pale blue-grey upper surfaces. The females are chocolate-brown. Both sexes have white wing fringes.
Widespread and generally common in eastern Europe, from the Greek islands to S Finland. It is evaluated as Near Threatened owing to declines in the NW range.
It can be found in dry meadows, railway banks, steppe and rocky slopes up to 1900m.
It mostly has two broods between April and August.
Larvae feed on Thymus and Satureja.