Polyommatus icarus (von Rottemburg 1775) (Family Lycaenidae)


Male

Couple

Female Colour Variants

Forewing Length: 12-18mm, Wingspan: 27-34mm; Proboscis Length: Male 7-8mm, Female 8-10mm
Egg Larva Pupa Imago
May - October June - April ? April - October
(Earliest: 15.4)
(2 - 3 Generations)

Biotopes:
Biotopes:
Meadows

Wet Meadows
Food:
(Larva)
(Oligophagous)

Several Fabaceae
Food:
(Adult)

Several Fabaceae Nectar

Cardamine pratensis Nectar

Polygonum bistorta Nectar

Silene flos-cuculi Nectar

Rubus fruticosus Nectar

Ranunculus acris Nectar

Tanacetum vulgare Nectar

Calluna vulgaris Nectar
Parasitoids:
Virgichneumon tergenus Larva
Possible Parasitoids:
Many Ichneumonidae Larvae

Several Braconidae Larvae

Lepidoptera of Belgium: Polyommatus icarus
UK Butterflies Common Blue
Nature Spot: Common Blue - Polyommatus icarus
Lepidoptera and Their Ecology: Polyommatus icarus
Lepiforum: Polyommatus icarus


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