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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. [9, 10]

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


  • 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].
  • 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].
  • 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].
  • 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].

Imago 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].

General info about Imago

  • Prefers rocky terrain. [5].

Imago lifespan

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

Larva food plants / other food objects

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

Larva lifespan

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

Overwintering stage

  • Pupa. [5].

Subspecies of Scolitantides orion


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