Polyommatus eurypilus (Freyer, 1852)

Synonyms/other combinations:
Kretania eurypilus

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Host plants:
The larvae feed on spiny dwarf shrubs of Astragalus (partly also listed in the genus Astracantha).

Habitat:
Polyommatus eurypilus inhabits the region of spiny cushion plants in the mountains from 1000m (Samos: Mount Kerkis), on Mount Taygetos mainly above 1700m (partly much higher in Asia).

Life cycle:
The larva hibernates and is mature according to the altitude between April and June. Best larval habitats are small, low-growing plants. The butterflies occur between May and August. They have been not so rare in 2000 m on Mount Taygetos in early August 2019.

Remarks:
In Greece, Polyommatus eurypilus occurs only on Mount Taygetos (S-Peloponnese) and Mount Kerkis on Samos Island. Polyommatus eurypilus is more widespread from Turkey across Transcaucasia to N-Iran.



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