Papilionoidea

Lycaeninae

Imago
Genus
Maculinea
Species
teleius
Author/Year
Bergsträsser, 1779
English Vernacular
Scarce Large Blue
French Vernacular
Azure de la sanguisorbe
Annual Flight Period
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Wingspan: 16mm - 20mm

Imago: Univoltine, a very local species with only two known sites in the Dordogne.  Needs a marshy habitat where it's foodplant can be found to thrive.

Larva: Monophagous, feeding on great burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis) before living underground in the nests of two species of Myrmica ants.

Overwinter: As a larva and then pupa in ant nests.

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