Lycaena ottomana (Lefèbvre, 1830)


Lycaena ottomana: Male (Olympus, Greece, July 2010) [N] Lycaena ottomana: Male (Olympus, Greece, July 2010) [N] Lycaena ottomana: Worn male (Olympus) [N] Lycaena ottomana: Male (Olympus, Greece, July 2010) [N] Lycaena ottomana: Adult (Olympus) [N] Lycaena ottomana: Female (Olympus, July 2010) [N] Lycaena ottomana: Female (Olympus, July 2010) [N] Lycaena ottomana: Habitat on Mount Olympus (July 2010) [N]

Host plants:
Rumex species such as Rumex acetosa and R. acetosella

Habitat:
Lycaena ottomana inhabits grassland fragments in sparse forests, shrub-rich grasslands on forest edges and similar sites. I met Lycaena ottomana feeding on mint on the Greek Olympus in 900m asl in a nutrient-poor meadow with wet spots. Here also occurred Pyrgus armoricanus.

Life cycle:
The caterpillar overwinters. The adults fly in two generations (AprilMay and July/August). On Mount Olympus, I watched Lycaena ottomana in late July 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Remarks:
Lycaena ottomana is limited in distribution to the southern Balkans (from S-Serbia) and to Turkey.



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