Mountain argus - Aricia artaxerxes


Family: Lycaenidae

Flight Time: June-August.

Size: 22-32mm

Altitude: 1400-2200m (0-350m in UK)

Pictured above puddling with many Chalk-hill blues is a Mountain argus of form allous, which is similar to the Brown argus Aricia agestis. The upperside has less orange lunules, and the wing shape differs slightly. 


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