Spanish argus - Aricia morronensis


Family: Lycaenidae.

Flight Time: July/August

Size: mm

Altitude: 900-2200m

The Spanish argus is quite a local species in Spain, Portugal and southern France. The species has a much darker ground colour, and is in fact darker altogether than other arguses. Other characteristics not visible in the photo include a large black spot in the cell of the upperside forewing. Also the spots on the underside forewing tend to be larger than those on the hindwing. The specimen above from northern Spain is of subspecies hesselbarthi which has quite small spots on the hindwing.


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Sparsely vegetated rocky areas.

Spanish argus distribution


Early Stages




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