Turquoise Blue (Polyommatus dorylas)
Taken at Papaz Tchair, Bulgaria, on June 24th 2014.
(1/160th sec at f13. Approx 3x lifesize)
Taken at Papaz Tchair, Bulgaria, on July 23rd 2015.
(1/800th sec at f14. Approx 3x lifesize)
© David Hastings
DescriptionWing span: 30 - 34mm
The male has shiny sky-blue upper surfaces with a slight turquoise sheen. The females are brown. The underside is brownish-grey with broad white borders.
It has a scattered distribution in S and C Europe from Spain through Poland and the Balkans. It is evaluated a Near-Threatened
It can be found in scrubby calcareous grassland, flowery hillsides and sheltered hollows in alpine meadows up to 2200m.
It can have one or two broods per year, depending on altitude.
Its larvae feed on Anthyllis vulneraria.