Lang's Short-tailed Blue

Leptotes pirithous (lep-TOH-tees PI-ri-thooz)

Lang's Short-tailed Blue, female, Limassol, Cyprus, 9th July 2015
Photo © Lee Hurrell
 

Wingspan
26 - 34mm

Checklist Number
61.009

Family:LycaenidaeLeach, 1815
Subfamily:PolyommatinaeSwainson, 1827
Tribe:PolyommatiniSwainson, 1827
Genus:LeptotesScudder, 1876
Subgenus:  
Species:pirithous(Linnaeus, 1767)

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Introduction

A single specimen of this species was a male caught on the edge of an uncut clover field at Bloxworth in Dorset on 13th June 1938. This species is known to migrate and this specimen is believed to have arrived with a general influx of immigrants on the south coast of England.

Leptotes pirithous

This species was first defined in Linnaeus (1767) as shown here (type locality: Algeria).

Lang's Short-tailed Blue (Male) - Alpes-Maritimes - 23 October 2012

Male
Photo © CFB

Lang's Short-tailed Blue - imago - Thatcham - 05-Sep-12 (1) [REARED]

Male Underside
Photo © Pete Eeles

Lang's Short-tailed Blue - imago - Thatcham - 05-Sep-12 (2) [REARED]

Female
Photo © Pete Eeles

Lang's Short-tailed Blue, female, Limassol, Cyprus, 10th July 2015

Female Underside
Photo © Lee Hurrell

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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

1.3 Unknown
 

This distribution status of this species is unknown.

Life Cycle

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Imago

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Leptotes pirithous

Lang's Short-tailed Blue, female, Limassol, Cyprus, 10th July 2015

Photo © Lee Hurrell

Lang's Short-tailed Blue (Male) - Alpes-Maritimes - 14 October 2012

Photo © CFB
14-Oct-2012

Lang's Short Tailed Blue - Elounda, Crete 28.7.14

Photo © smythric

Lang's Short-tailed Blue - imago - Thatcham - 05-Sep-12 (1) [REARED]

Photo © Pete Eeles

Lang's Short-tailed Blue - imago - Thatcham - 05-Sep-12 (2) [REARED]

Photo © Pete Eeles

Lang's Short-tailed Blue - imago - Thatcham - 31-Aug-12 (1) [REARED]

Photo © Pete Eeles

Lang's Short-tailed Blue - imago - Thatcham - 31-Aug-12 (2) [REARED]

Photo © Pete Eeles

Langs Short-Tailed Blue - imago - Alvor, Portugal -  08-Sep-06 [Colin Baker]

Photo © Colin Baker

Lang's Short-tailed Blue - Mt. Mainalo, Greece 6-July-2012 (Alt. 1419m)

Photo © DaveF

Lang's Short-tailed Blue (Female) - Alpes-Maritimes - 19 July 2012

Photo © CFB
19-Jul-2012

Lang's Short-tailed Blue, female, Limassol, Cyprus, 10th July 2015

Photo © Lee Hurrell

Langs Short-Tailed Blue - imago - Thatcham - 06-Dec-08 (1) {REARED}

Photo © Pete Eeles
06-Dec-2008

LANGS SHORT TAILED BLUE MATING

Photo © BFLY

Lang's Short-tailed Blue - imago - Thatcham - 31-Aug-12 (3) [REARED]

Photo © Pete Eeles

Langs Short-Tailed Blue - imago - Ano Paroia, Greece - 08-Jun-09 (1)

Photo © Pete Eeles
09-Jun-2009

Lang's Short-tailed Blue, male, Limassol, Cyprus, 11th July 2015

Photo © Lee Hurrell

Lang's Short-tailed Blue, Limassol, Cyprus, 10th July 2015

Photo © Lee Hurrell
Lang's Short-tailed Blue, Limassol, Cyprus, 10th July 2015

Lang's Short-tailed Blue, female, Limassol, Cyprus, 9th July 2015

Photo © Lee Hurrell

Lang's Short-tailed Blue - female - Kos - 7-July-08

Photo © Denise

Lang's Short-tailed Blue, male, Limassol, Cyprus, 11th July 2015

Photo © Lee Hurrell

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Ovum

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Lang's Short-tailed Blue Egg and Caterpillar (on Plumbago) - Malaga, Spain 6-July-2012

Photo © NickMorgan

Lang's Short-tailed Blue - ovum - Thatcham - 17-Jul-12 (1) [REARED]

Photo © Pete Eeles

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Larva

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Lang's Short-tailed Blue larva and egg (on Plumbago) - Malaga, Spain 6-July-2012

Photo © NickMorgan
Larva in centre of frame

Lang's Short-tailed Blue - larva - Thatcham - 13-Aug-12 (1) [REARED]

Photo © Pete Eeles

Leptodes pirithous - Larva [Wolfgang Wagner]

Photo © Wolfgang Wagner
www.pyrgus.de

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Pupa

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Leptodes pirithous - Pupa [Wolfgang Wagner]

Photo © 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.
Linnaeus (1767) Linnaeus, C. (1767) Systema Naturae. Edition 12.
Scudder (1876) Scudder, S.H. (1876) Bulletin of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences.
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.