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_______________________________________________________________________ Butterflies 27 - Adonis Blues

 

 

 

 

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†††††††††††††††††††††††††† ADONIS BLUE BUTTERFLY Polyommatus bellargus (m, f) ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ADONIS BLUE BUTTERFLY Polyommatus bellargus (f) ab. ceronus

 

 

         There is little doubt that the beautiful Adonis Blue Butterfly Polyommatus bellargus is one of the most prized butterfly sightings in the UK. The bright blue upper-wings of the male catch the sunlight when these butterflies fly and the combination of this and the black and white chequered wing-margins will enable all but the most worn of specimens to be easily identified. Identification of females may be trickier, particularly if the butterflies share their habitat (as is usually the case) with other blue butterflies. Aberrations of this species are not particularly unusual. These may be associated with exposure to extremes of temperature during development. The final illustration (copied from a transparency) is of a female aberration ceronus that was photographed in Northern Spain.

 

         Davidís short films of Adonis Blue Butterflies may be seen by following these hyperlinks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilbZuStuPV8&list=PL4AirIEc0NofhDbxohAG_PoMc7P2iGR5N&index=14&t=0s, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0rPqjopOQQ&list=PL4AirIEc0NofhDbxohAG_PoMc7P2iGR5N&index=21&t=0s, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SASUrdDGiJ0&list=PL4AirIEc0NofhDbxohAG_PoMc7P2iGR5N&index=59&t=0s, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR43S0EVWQU&list=PL4AirIEc0NofhDbxohAG_PoMc7P2iGR5N&index=90&t=0s.

 

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