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Polyommatus damocles (Herrich-Schaffer, 1844)

Самец  Polyommatus damocles


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Papilionoidea family Lycaenidae subfamily Polyommatinae tribe Polyommatini genus Polyommatus subgenus Agrodiaetus → species Polyommatus damocles

Species name(s)

Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) damocles (Herrich-Schaffer, 1844) = Lycaena damocles Herrich-Schäffer, [1844] = Agrodiaetus damocles.


Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky.

Primary colors

Blue, Brown/Gray/Black, White.

Самец  Polyommatus damocles

Detailed information with references


  • USSR - the European part. [1]. Peter Khramov.
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, Mid-Volzhsky, South Ural. [3]. Peter Khramov.
  • Russia Ukraine. [10]. Peter Khramov.

Subspecies Polyommatus damocles


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24.06.2009 6:56, Boris Stradomsky

Description. Length of front wing 14-17 mm. The male on top of the wings of blue, shiny, with fine dark boundary line (0.5 mm); a female - brown. Apex front wings pointed. Underneath the wings of the male light gray in the back wing of the blue pretornal spraying is not developed; a female - light brown. Marginal drawing underside is very weak.On the rear fenders along the veins M3 bright clear a narrow white bar (from ssp. Rossicus (Dantchenko et Lukhtanov, 1993) is absent).
The length of the valve is 2.2-2.5 mm.
Haploid - 24-26 chromosomes.
Biology. Steppe grasslands, rocky steppes. Years of adults: end of June to August in one generation. Forage plants caterpillars: Hedisarum spp. Caterpillar overwinters.
Subspecies. Southern Urals: P. damocles damocles (Herrich-Schäffer, 1844); River basin. Volga: P.damocles rossicus (Dantchenko et Lukhtanov, 1993).
Related and similar species. P. damone: apex rounded front wings, blue pretornal pollination in the underside of the rear wings clear; P. ciscaucasicus: upper wings male blue-violet; P. damon: top male wing teal; P. ripartii: top male brown wings.

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