Lycaenidae: Polyommatinae

07138 Bosnian blue Plebejus dardanus, (Freyer, 1844)

BF -- (ABH61.000)

Orelek, South Pirin Mtns., 4th July 2011, male.
Orelek, South Pirin Mtns., 4th July 2011, male.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Orelek, South Pirin Mtns., 4th July 2011, male.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
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Orelek, South Pirin Mtns., 4th July 2012, male.
Orelek, South Pirin Mtns., 4th July 2012, male.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Orelek, South Pirin Mtns., 20th July 2010, worn male.
Orelek, South Pirin Mtns., 20th July 2010, worn male.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Orelek, South Pirin Mtns., 20th July 2010, female.
Orelek, South Pirin Mtns., 20th July 2010, female.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Slavyanka Mtn., SW Bulgaria, 9th July 2012, female.
Slavyanka Mtn., SW Bulgaria, 9th July 2012, female.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Orelek, South Pirin Mtns., 20th July 2010, female on Androsace villosa.
Orelek, South Pirin Mtns., 20th July 2010, female on Androsace villosa.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Orelek, South Pirin Mtns., 16th July 2009. female on Androsace villosa
Orelek, South Pirin Mtns., 16th July 2009. female on Androsace villosa
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Slavyanka Mtn., SW Bulgaria, 9th July 2012, female.
Slavyanka Mtn., SW Bulgaria, 9th July 2012, female.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Slavyanka Mtn., SW Bulgaria, 9th July 2012, male.
Slavyanka Mtn., SW Bulgaria, 9th July 2012, male.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Slavyanka Mtn., SW Bulgaria, 9th July 2012, female.
Slavyanka Mtn., SW Bulgaria, 9th July 2012, female.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Slavyanka Mtn., SW Bulgaria, 9th July 2012, female top left.
Slavyanka Mtn., SW Bulgaria, 9th July 2012, female top left.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Orelek, South Pirin Mtns., 16th July 2009, male.
Orelek, South Pirin Mtns., 16th July 2009, male.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Orelek, South Pirin Mtns., 16th July 2009, males..
Orelek, South Pirin Mtns., 16th July 2009, males..
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Slavyanka Mtn., SW Bulgaria, 9th July 2012, males on butterfly net.
Slavyanka Mtn., SW Bulgaria, 9th July 2012, males on butterfly net.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
P. dardanus habitat, Orelek, south Pirin Mtns., 20th July 2010.
P. dardanus habitat, Orelek, south Pirin Mtns., 20th July 2010.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
P. dardanus habitat, Slavyanka Mtn., 9th July 2012.
P. dardanus habitat, Slavyanka Mtn., 9th July 2012.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Androsace villosa (foodplant), Orelek, S Pirin Mtns., 20th July 2010.
Androsace villosa (foodplant), Orelek, S Pirin Mtns., 20th July 2010.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Androsace villosa (foodplant), Slavyanka Mtn., SW Bulgaria, 9th July 2012.
Androsace villosa (foodplant), Slavyanka Mtn., SW Bulgaria, 9th July 2012.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies


General Information
Foodplant(s): Rock Jasmine (Androsace villosa)
Flying: Mainly in July

Habitat

Open alpine grassland where Rock Jasmine is frequent or abundant, and usually where there is at least 50% bare ground and rock, at or near the tops of these mountains.

Regional Information

This species is extremely rare and local in Bulgaria occuring only on marble limestone from about 1800-2220m in the south Pirin Mountains and on Mount Alibotush (Slavyanka). Elsewhere in Europe it occurs only in the Balkan Peninsula in a few isolated populations at similar altitudes in the Dianaric Alps and in Macedonia. Further east it occurs in Turkey, being widespread in the mountains in the east of Turkey. It is also widespread in the Caucasus Mountains. There are also isolated populations on the border of NE Ukraine and Russia at much lower altitudes (around 300m) of the subspecies ergane.


Recorded in 4 (0.2%) of the 1900 10km squares of Bulgaria.

Last recorded in July 2012

Recorded date range (Adult): 09 July to 10 July