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Scolitantides orion (Pallas, 1771)

Имаго  (Scolitantides orion)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Papilionoidea family Lycaenidae subfamily Polyommatinae tribe Polyommatini genus Scolitantides → species Scolitantides orion

Species name(s)

Scolitantides orion (Pallas, 1771) = Papilio orion Pallas, 1771 = Papilio battus [Schiffermüller], 1775 = Papilio telephii Esper, 1778 = Papilio sedi Fabricius, 1781 = Polyommatus hecateus Drapier, 1819 = Scolitantides ultraornata Verity, 1937.

Chequered Blue


Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny*; #7. Evropeisky yuzhno-tayozhny; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #9. Evropeisky Tsentralno-Chernozyomny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #16. Sredne-Uralsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #20. Yuzhno-Zapadnosibirsky; #22. Krasnoyarsky; #23. Predaltaisky; #24. Gorno-Altaisky; #25. Tuvinsky; #26. Predbaikalsky; #27. Pribaikalsky; #28. Zabaikalsky; #31. Yuzhno-Yakutsky; #33. Severo-Okhotomorsky; #34. Kamchatsky; #35. Sredne-Okhotsky; #36. Sredne-Amursky; #37. Nizhne-Amursky; #38. Sakhalin; #40. Primorsky.

* An asterisk denotes a region for which the species is listed as an migrant or information that requires additional checking.

Forewing length

13—15 mm.

Primary colors

Orange, Blue, Brown/Gray/Black, White.

Flight time

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Larva lifespan

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Самец  (Scolitantides orion)

Detailed information with references

Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Length of front wing - from 1.3 to 1.5 cm. The Scandinavian butterflies painted in a much more intense blue color than others. [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Spain, Italy, Norway, Poland, Romania, the Soviet Union - the European part of Turkey - European part, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1]. Peter Khramov.
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, Gorno-Altaisk, the European North-West (?), The European Central Black Earth, the European Central European South taiga, Trans-Baikal, Kamchatka, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny-Amur, Prealtay, of Baikal, Pribaikalskiy, Primorye, Sakhalin, the North Okhotsk, Mid-Amur, Mid-Volzhsky, Average Okhotsk , Average Urals, Tuva,South West Siberian, South Ural, South Yakutia. [3]. Peter Khramov.
  • Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Germany, Greece (mainland), Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), Corsica, Latvia, Macedonia, Norway (mainland), Poland, Russia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey (European part), Ukraine, Finland, France (mainland), Croatia,Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [10]. Peter Khramov.
  • Southern Alps valley (at an altitude of 1300 m), the Balkan Peninsula, in addition - in some places in the south of Scandinavia and Finland. [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • Orion flies in two generations from May to mid-June and mid-July to August. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Imago

  • Prefers rocky terrain. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva lifespan

  • August-September and June-July. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva food plants

  • Sedum. [28]. Peter Khramov.
  • Scolitantides orion feeds on stonecrop (Sedum). [5]. Peter Khramov.

Overwintering stage

  • Pupa. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Subspecies Scolitantides orion


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Yury Sokolkov, Yuriy Karpov.

Text data: Peter Khramov.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.

Color characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.



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