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Plebeius andronicus (Coutsis & Ghavalas, 1995)   

Name in Tolman & Lewington (1997): Polyommatus andronicus
 

Systematics: Until recently this taxon had uncertain status until my research proved that it is indeed a separate species (Kolev 2005b). It is closely related to, and greatly resembles, the common and widespread Plebeius icarus.

Range: Endemic to the Balkan Peninsula: occurs only in NE Greece and SW Bulgaria.

Distribution in Bulgaria: So far known only from my materials from the mountains Alibotush and C and S Pirin, where I have found it between 1400 and 1950 m a.s.l. (Kolev 2005b).

Habitat: Dry flowery glades, slopes and roadsides on marble.

Bionomics: One generation from late June till late July. Larval host plants unknown, though clearly Fabaceae. Occurs together with Plebeius icarus, but is much rarer.

Conservation status: This remarkable endemic has a very limited Bulgarian as well as total range and, although not directly threatened presently, is of high conservation priority. IUCN category: Vulnerable. It is herewith recommended that this species be granted legal protection and included in the Red Data Book of Bulgaria.

 

 
 

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