Little Tiger Blue (Taracus balkanicus)

Taken in the Paklenica National Park, Croatia, on June 9th 2017.
(1/160th sec at f14. Approx 4x lifesize. © David Hastings)


Wing span: 18 - 22 mm

A very small butterfly with slender tails on the hindwing. The underside is white with numerous black lines. The male has blue-grey uppersides, whereas the female is greyish-brown.

Rather widespread but very sporadic and locally uncommon in SE Europe. It is also widely found in north Africa and the Middle East.

It is found in dry rocky scrub and grasslands with abundant larval host-plants.

There are several broods from April to October.

The larvae feed on Christ's Thorn (Paliurus spina-christi).


09-Jun-2017 : Paklenica National Park, Croatia
22-Jul-2015 : Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria
21-Jul-2015 : Rupite Hot Springs, Bulgaria