Large blue - Maculinea arion


Family: Lycaenidae.

Flight Time: late May-July

Size: mm

Altitude: 0-2400m


This photo is courtesy of Mark Ogden, who took it in Bulgaria. A large sized blue with the double row of spots along the hindwing. The upperside is bordered grey and there are rectangular black spots on the forewing. It is one of several species which spends part of its life in an ants nest.

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Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution


Thymus spp.

Dry grassy, bushy places.

Large blue distribution


Early Stages




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