Photographer's Note

Polyommatus icarusrnrnRottemburg, 1775rnrnName Volgare: Argo azzurro, IcarornrnFamily: LycaenidaernrnFront wing length mm. 13-17rnrnDescription: little moth with strong sexual dimorphism. Males with wings above blue and purple reflections, margins of black and white fringed margins. The females have brown livery with bluish reflections. The lower parts, in both sexes, are grayish or light brown with black spots surrounded by white and full sets of black lunule orange lunules.rnWinterman at the caterpillar stage, It can be confused with Aricia agestis and P.thersites, but they do not have black basal points on the puddle; the male can be confused with that of P.eros, who has blue-silver ps, and P.bellargus, who has shiny blue-celestial ps and white fringes with black traits; the female with those of P.bellargus and P.coridon, which have white fringes with dark streaks.rn rnMale: Shiny blue color with slender black marginal line and white fringesrnrnFemale: Dark brown color sometimes has a purple blue basal shade. Orange submarginal spaces and brunette gray fringes. In the front wings black discocellular tracts.rnrnMale-Inverse: light orange-brown color with black dot-shaped design. There are two black basal points in the front wings. Orange submarginal spaces and blue swabs in the back wings.rnrnFemale-Reverse: light brown with similar designs to the male.rnrnBruco: Green with darker midline dorsal line and flanked hips at stigma levels from a whitish band.rnrnDistribution: all of Italy. The area embraces temperate Europe and Asia, also present in North Africa and Anatolia.rnrnHabitat: Eurasian species, is found in every type of environment from the plain to the mountain top and cacuminale, up to approximately 2200 meters s.l.m.rnrnAnnual Generations: Two with flickering in May-June and August-SeptemberrnrnNursery plants: Medicago sativa, Lotus corniculatus, Meliotus officinalis, Ononis spinosa, Trifolium repens.rnrnr

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 19168 W: 130 N: 40474] (215431)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2021-10-10
  • Exposition: f/0.7, 1/256 secondes
  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2021-10-11 0:34
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Points: 42
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Additional Photos by Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 19168 W: 130 N: 40474] (215431)
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