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Plebeius sephirus (Frivaldszky, 1835)   

Name in Tolman & Lewington (1997): Plebeius pylaon sephirus
 
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Systematics: This taxon, described from Bulgaria, is treated by many authors as a subspecies of the Eurasian steppe species  Plebeius pylaon (Fischer von Waldheim, 1832).

Range: Hungary, Balkan Peninsula, Crimea, AsiaMinor to Caucasus.

Distribution in Bulgaria: Very local in mountains up to ca. 1600 m a.s.l., found also at low altitude in N Bulgaria (Lom and Baltchik).

Habitat: Stony or rocky grassy places in calcareous terrain.

Bionomics: One generation from May till July. Larval host-plant: Astragalus (Tolman & Lewington 1997).

Conservation status: Local species with restricted range, though not directly threatened. IUCN category: Lower risk, near threatened.

 

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