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Plebejus argus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Самец  (Plebejus argus)


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

Species name(s)

Plebejus (Plebejus) argus (Linnaeus, 1758) = Plebeius argus (Linnaeus, 1758) = Papilio argus Linnaeus, 1758 = sylvius (Poda, 1761) = Lycaeides argus orientaloides Verity, 1931 = Lycaeides argus altaegidon Verity, 1931 = Lycaena alpina Courvoisier, 1911 = Lycaena aegon plouharnelensis Oberthür, 1910 = Lycaena aegidion Gerhard, 1853 = Papilio alsus Esper, 1790 = Papilio argyrophalara Bergstrasser, 1779 = Papilio argyrotoxus Bergstrasser, 1779 = Papilio argyra Bergstrasser, 1779 = Plebeius juncta Tutt, 1909 = Papilio philonomus Bergstrasser, 1779.

Silver-studded Blue.



This species marks on the maps: 9.

Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #3. Karelsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #6. Evropeisky Severo-Vostochny; #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; #15. Severo-Uralsky; #16. Sredne-Uralsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #19. Sredneobsky; #20. Yuzhno-Zapadnosibirsky; #22. Krasnoyarsky; #23. Predaltaisky; #24. Gorno-Altaisky; #25. Tuvinsky; #26. Predbaikalsky; #27. Pribaikalsky; #28. Zabaikalsky; #31. Yuzhno-Yakutsky; #35. Sredne-Okhotsky; #36. Sredne-Amursky; #37. Nizhne-Amursky; #38. Sakhalin; #39. Yuzhno-Kurilsky; #40. Primorsky.

Forewing length

11—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

Самка  (Plebejus argus)

Detailed information with references

Synonyms and combinations

  • Plebeius argus. [3].


  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Spain, Italy, Corsica, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovakia, the Soviet Union - the European part Turkey - European part, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1].
  • Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), Corsica, Latvia , Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway (mainland)Channel Islands, Poland, Portugal (mainland), Romania, Russia, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey (European part), Ukraine, Finland, France (mainland), Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia . [10].
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, East Caucasus, Gorno-Altaisk, the European North-East, the European North-West, the European Central Black Earth, the European Central European South taiga, Transbaikalia, Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Karelia, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhne-Amur, Lower Volga, Prealtay,Of Baikal, Pribaikalskiy, Primorye, Sakhalin, the North Urals, Mid-Amur, the Volga-Average, Average Okhotsk, Mid-Ural, Sredneobskaya, Tuva, South West Siberian Yuzhno-Kuril, South Ural, South Yakutia. [3].
  • The butterfly is widespread in Europe, including England and Sardinia. [5].

Imago Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • The length of the front wing starts from 1.1 and can reach 1.5 cm. [5].

General info about Imago

  • Argus prefers areas with sandy soils. [5].

Imago lifespan

  • From mid-June to mid-August. [5].

General info about Larva

  • He lives in a symbiotic relationship with ants. [5].

Larva food plants / other food objects

  • Lyadvenets or harrow, other members of the legume family and heather. [5].

Larva lifespan

  • From April to June. [5].

Overwintering stage

  • Egg. [5].

Subspecies of Plebejus argus


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