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Plebeius coridon (Poda, 1761)   

Name in Tolman & Lewington (1997): Lysandra coridon; Lysandra philippi
 

Systematics: The group of this species and its related taxa is taxonomically very complex. A new species to science from N Greece, Lysandra philippi Brown & Coutsis, 1978, was described on the basis of having considerably fewer chomosomes than coridon. This taxon was also reported from Bulgaria (Ganev 1984), but recent research shows that in fact this taxon and coridon have identical chromosome sets and are conspecific.

Range: Endemic to Europe, ranges from N Spain across S and C Europe to Ural Mts. and the Balkan Peninsula.

Distribution in Bulgaria: Widespread from near sea level up to ca. 1800 m.

Habitat: Dry warm grassy and flowery places in calcareous terrain.

Bionomics: One generation from early July till September. Larval host-plant: Hippocrepis comosa (Fabaceae) (Tolman & Lewington 1997).

Conservation status: Of no concern. IUCN category: Lower risk, least concern.

 
 
 

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