Green-underside Blue

Glaucopsyche alexis (glor-koh-SY-kee al-ECK-siss)

Male 1 - Bucharest (Romania) - May 13th 2011
Photo © Cristian Mihai
 

Checklist Number
61.0131

Family:LycaenidaeLeach, 1815
Subfamily:PolyommatinaeSwainson, 1827
Tribe:PolyommatiniSwainson, 1827
Genus:GlaucopsycheScudder, 1872
Subgenus:  
Species:alexis(Poda, 1761)

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Introduction

A single male was captured in Torquay in Devon in September 1936. This species is not known to migrate and, although this species could conceivably have been carried across the Channel by the wind, its normal flight period is from May to June, whereas this specimen was seen in September.

Glaucopsyche alexis

This species was first defined in Poda (1761) as shown here (type locality: Graz, Austria).

Green-Underside Blue - imago - Unknown location - Unknown date (2) [Guy Padfield]

Male
Photo © Guy Padfield

Green-underside Blue - Alpes-Maritimes - 28 April 2011

Male Underside
Photo © CFB

Green Underside Blue - imago, female - 27th April 2011, Provence

Female
Photo © NickB

Female Green-underside Blue ovipositing - Alpes Maritimes - 7 June 2012

Female Underside
Photo © CFB

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History

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Conservation Status

No conservation action is relevant for this species.

Habitat

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Distribution

2. Adventive
 

This species is considered an adventive, which is a species which arrives in the British Isles with the direct assistance of an external vector, without which it would not be present. Adventives are species that one would not expect to find in this country, either through inadvertent migration or through any other natural means of dispersal, with the exception perhaps of the most extreme meteorological event or possibly the transportation of a stage in the life cycle in a highly unlikely but natural means (e.g. an ovum or larva being transported upon the foot, bill, or plumage of a migratory bird).

Life Cycle

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Imago

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Glaucopsyche alexis

Green-Underside Blue - imago - Unknown location - Unknown date (2) [Guy Padfield]

Photo © Guy Padfield

Green-Underside Blue - imago - Unknown location - Unknown date (3) [Guy Padfield]

Photo © Guy Padfield

Green-Underside Blue - imago - Unknown location - Unknown date (4) [Guy Padfield]

Photo © Guy Padfield

Green-Underside Blue - imago - Unknown location - Unknown date [Guy Padfield]

Photo © Guy Padfield

Green-Underside Blue - imago - Bukk Hills, Hungary - 10-Jul-06 (1)

Photo © Pete Eeles
10-Jul-2006

Green Underside Blue - imago - Mount Orvilos, Greece - 13-Jun-09 (2)

Photo © Pete Eeles
13-Jun-2009

Male 2 - Bucharest (Romania) - May 13th 2011

Photo © Cristian Mihai

Male 1 - Bucharest (Romania) - May 13th 2011

Photo © Cristian Mihai
13-May-2011

Green-underside Blue - Alpes-Maritimes - 28 April 2011

Photo © CFB
28-Apr-2011

Green Underside Blue -  Pair - 28th April 2011- Provence

Photo © NickB
26-Apr-2011

Green Underside Blue - imago, female - 27th April 2011, Provence

Photo © NickB
27-Apr-2011

Female Green-underside Blue ovipositing - Alpes Maritimes - 7 June 2012

Photo © CFB
07-Jun-2012

Green-underside Blue - Tarn Gorges, France 2013

Photo © Mike Young

Green-underside Blues - Tarn Gorges, France 2013

Photo © Mike Young

Female Green-underside Blue - Alpes-Maritimes - 11 May 2014

Photo © CFB

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Ovum

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Glaucopsyche alexis - Ovum at Onobrychis, detail [Wolfgang Wagner]

Photo © Wolfgang Wagner
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Larva

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Glaucopsyche alexis - Larva (N-Greece) [Wolfgang Wagner]

Photo © Wolfgang Wagner
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Glaucopsyche alexis - Larva [Wolfgang Wagner]

Photo © Wolfgang Wagner
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Pupa

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Glaucopsyche alexis - Pupa [Wolfgang Wagner]

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Aberrations

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References

The species description provided here references the following publications:

ReferenceDetails
Leach (1815) Leach (1815) In Brewster: The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia.
Poda (1761) Poda von Neuhaus, N. (1761) Insecta musei Graecensis.
Scudder (1872) Scudder, S.H. (1872) Annual Report of the Trustees of the Peabody Academy of Science.
Swainson (1827) Swainson, W. (1827) A Sketch of the Natural Affinities of the Lepidoptera Diurna of Latreille. The Philosophical magazine : or Annals of chemistry, mathematics, astronomy, natural history and general science.