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Plebeius anteros (Freyer, [1838])   

Name in Tolman & Lewington (1997): Ultraaricia anteros
 
Male, Stara Planina Mts.

Systematics: Nominotypical anteros occurs in Bulgaria. A taxon claimed to be a new species, Aricia (Ultraaricia) orpheus Nekrutenko, 1980, was described from 5 males and 5 females collected in 1929 by the Bulgarian lepidopterist Alexander Drenovsky. My research in the type locality of orpheus, Mt. Alibotush, shows that Aricia (Ultraaricia) orpheus Nekrutenko, 1980 is no more than an individual form of anteros (Kolev 2003c).

Range: The Balkan Peninsula, most of Asia Minor, the Great Caucasus.

Distribution in Bulgaria: Widespread, although local, from sea level to ca. 1800 m.

Habitat: Warm rocky, often precipitous grassy places, nearly always in calcareous terrain.

Bionomics: Two or three generations depending on altitude, from May to September. Larval host-plant: Geranium (Tolman & Lewington 1997).

Conservation status: Relatively widespread and common. IUCN category: Lower risk, least concern.

Male, Stara Planina Mts.

 


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