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Plebejus sephirus (Frivaldzky, 1835)

Самец  (Plebejus sephirus)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Papilionoidea family Lycaenidae subfamily Polyommatinae tribe Polyommatini genus Plebejus subgenus Plebijides → species Plebejus sephirus

Species name(s)

Plebejus (Plebijides) sephirus (Frivaldzky, 1835) = Plebeius sephirus (Frivaldszky, 1835) = Lycaena sephirus Frivaldszky, 1835 = Lycaena zephyrus akbesiana Oberthür, 1904 = Lycaena sephyrus uhryki Rebel, 1911 = Plebejus modica Verity, 1935 = microsephyrus Verity, 1935 = Plebeius sephirus kovacsi Szabó, 1954 = Plebeius sephirus proximus Szabó, 1954 = Plebeius foticus Szabó, 1956 = Plebejus brethertoni Brown, 1976 = Plebejides magnificus Bálint, 1987 = Plebejus pylaon sephirus = Plebeius pylaon sephirus = Plebejides sephirus.


Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky.

Primary colors

Orange, Blue, Brown/Gray/Black.

Самец  (Plebejus sephirus)

Detailed information with references

Synonyms and combinations

  • Plebeius sephirus. [3]. Peter Khramov.


  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Western Caucasus. [3]. Peter Khramov.
  • Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece (mainland), Macedonia, Romania, Turkey (European part), Yugoslavia. [10]. Peter Khramov.

Subspecies Plebejus sephirus


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25.06.2009 6:43, Boris Stradomsky

(= Uhryki (Rebel, 1911); = microsephyrus (Verity, 1935); = modica (Verity, 1935); = kovacsi (Szabo, 1954); = proximus (Szabo, 1954); = foticus (Szabo, 1954); = magnificus Balint, 1987).
Description. Length of front wing 13-17 mm. The male on top of the wings purple-blue on the hind wings marginal black spots; a female - brown with orange marginal wells. The underside of the wings of gray. Figure bottom wings contrast.Marginal black spots bottom rear wings often with bright blue scales.
The length of the valve is 1.6-2.0 mm.
Biology. Meso-xerophytic and steppe grasslands. In the mountains on the territory described up to 2000 m. Years of adults: May-August 1 generation, depending on the height of the dwelling. Forage plants caterpillars: Astragalus spp. Caterpillar overwinters. Contact with ants Lasius alienus, Formica pratensis.Subspecies. In the Central Caucasus: P. sephirus sephirus (Frivaldszky, 1835); in the North-West Caucasus: P. sephirus kubanensis (Shchurov, 1999) with a bright pattern underside of the wings.
Related and similar species. Species of the genus Plebeius (except subgenus Plebejides): on the inside of the valve is not an outgrowth of the ridge; P. pylaon: marginal black spots bottom of the rear wings are always blue without scales, lower wing light; P.zephyrinus: summit ridge of the valve has a more complex form.

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