Polyommatus ripartii (Freyer, 1830)


Polyommatus ripartii: Male (Northern Greece, Askio mountains, ssp. pelopi) [N] Polyommatus ripartii: Female (Askio mountains, Northern Greece, July 2010) [N] Polyommatus ripartii: Male (e.l. Askio mountains 2010) [S] Polyommatus ripartii: Adult (Askion, July 2010) [N] Polyommatus ripartii: Adult (Spanish west Pyrenees, Jaca, July 2010) [N] Polyommatus ripartii: Adult (Spanish west Pyrenees, Jaca, early July 2010). The white stripe on the lower side is more distinct than in Greek populations. [N] Polyommatus ripartii: Half-grown larva (Askio mountains near Siatista, N-Greece, late May 2010) [N] Polyommatus ripartii: Larva (Askion) [S] Polyommatus ripartii: Larva (Askion) [S] Polyommatus ripartii: Habitat in Northern Greece (Askio mountains near Siatista), where also Polyommatus admetus occurs (May 2010). [N]

Host plants:
Onobrychis species (sainfoin)

Habitat:
Polyommatus ripartii inhabits grasslands, steppe slopes, clear dry scrub and similar sites with Onobrychis.

Life cycle:
The caterpillar can be found from April to June. I found mostly half-grown caterpillars in Northern Greece Askio mountains in late May. The butterflies occur from late June to mid-August.

Endangerment factors:
Polyommatus ripartii is locally threatened by the usual factors (habitat loss due to human activities, as well as succession and reforestation after abandonment of extensive grazing).

Remarks:
Polyommatus ripartii is distributed very disjoint: Northern Spain, Southwestern Alps (Provence, maritime Alps), southern Poland, southern Balkans, Turkey, from the southern Urals to the Altai Mountains.



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