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Aricia agestis (Denis & Schiffermuller, 1775)

Самец  (Aricia agestis)


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

Species name(s)

Aricia agestis (Denis & Schiffermuller, 1775) = Papilio agestis [Schiffermüller], 1775 = alexis (Scopoli, 1763) = medon (Hufnagel, 1776) = astrarche (Bergsträsser, [1779]) = Papilio medon Hüfnagel, 1776. [9, 10, 187]

Brown Argus.



This species marks on the maps: 6.

Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #7. Evropeisky yuzhno-tayozhny; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #9. Evropeisky Tsentralno-Chernozyomny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #12. Nizhnevolzhsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #14. Vostochno-Kavkazsky; #16. Sredne-Uralsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #20. Yuzhno-Zapadnosibirsky; #23. Predaltaisky.

Forewing length

14—15 mm.

Primary colors

Orange, 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

Over-wintering stage


Имаго  (Aricia agestis)

Detailed information with references


  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Italy, Corsica, Crete, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Sicily, Slovakia, the Soviet Union - the European part of Turkey - European part, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden and Yugoslavia. [1].
  • Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Dodecanese Islands, Italy (mainland), Cyprus, Corsica, Crete, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, the Netherlands, the Channel Islands, Poland, Russia,Romania, Northern Aegean Islands, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey (European part), Ukraine, France (mainland), Croatia, Cycladic, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden and Yugoslavia. [10].
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, East Caucasus, the European North-West, the European Central Black Earth, the European Central European South taiga, the Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Lower Volga, Prealtay, Mid-Volzhsky, Mid-Ural, South West Siberian , Southern Urals. [3].
  • Habitat: Europe, in the north - to 56 ° N. w. Thus, in England and Scandinavia, it is found only in the south, and then only in some places. [5].

Imago Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Length of front wing - about 1.5 cm. Brown on the wings there, but blue - no, despite the fact that "copper-butterfly." From similar species it should be notedAricia artaxerxes. [5].

General info about Imago

  • Brown copper-butterfly a frequent guest on the upland meadows, flying more often on roadsides and in the limestone mountains at an altitude of 1000 m. [5].

Imago lifespan

  • In central Russia time volley from mid-May to September 3 generations. [PC93].
  • 2 generation. The butterflies of the first generation fly in May-June, the second - from mid-July to early August. [5].

Larva food plants / other food objects

  • Geraniaceae, Erodium. [28].
  • Sunflower, geranium (Erodium cicutarium). Geranium, such as meadow geranium (Geranium pratense) [5].

Larva lifespan

  • Aricia agestis caterpillars can be caught from September to May, and in addition - in June and July. [5].

Subspecies of Aricia agestis


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Vlad Proklov, Svyatoslav Knyazev.

Text data: Peter Khramov, Vasiliy Feoktistov.

The species characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov, Sergei Kotov.



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30.01.2014 14:17, Sergei Kotov Corrected data.

Over-wintering stage: No formalized data → Larva.

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