Ripart's Anomalous Blue (Polyommatus ripartii)
Taken at Baderitza, Bulgaria on July 26th 2015.
(1/640th sec at f14. Approx 3x lifesize)
© David Hastings
DescriptionWing span: 29 - 36mm
Both sexes have plain brown upper surfaces with brown fringes. The underside is yellowish-brown and there is a white streak through the centre of the hind wing.
It is very sporadic with widely dispersed local populations in S and C Europe.
It can be found in dry meadows, glades and mountain slopes up to 2000m.
There is one brood per year in July and August.
Larvae feed on perennial sainfoins (Onobrychis spp).