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Scarce Large Blue

(Maculinea telejus)

 

Female 17/08/05 Ain (01)

Female 17/08/05 Ain (01)

05/07/06 Ain (01)

This is a fantastic, large blue species of wetlands containing good growth of great burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis), the larval foodplant. The butterfly is very rare and the particularity of the habitat means that colonies also tend to be widely dispersed. The incessant pressure that man has inflicted on damp habitats through drainage and irrigation has undoubtedly led to dramatic land use changes and local extinction of this already scarce species. Contrary to Dusky Large Blue butterflies which were sharing the habitat and settling only on S.officinalis flowers, the pictured female was often skulking around in the shelter of dense grass in the heat of the sun. I was very lucky to pick her out as she was the only one I found on that day eventhough she looked very fresh. The mating pair were in a meadow where several individuals of the species were present in early July.    

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