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Pyrgus sidae (Esper, [1784])   

 

Left: male, Rhodopi Mts., right: female, Stara Planina Mts.

Range: Spain, S France, Italy, Balkan Peninsula, the steppe zone from SE Europe to C Asia.

Distribution in Bulgaria: Widespread though local from sea-level to 1800 m.

Habitat: Dry warm grassy and rocky places, mostly but not exclusively on calcareous rock.

Bionomics: One generation in  June and July. Larval host-plants:  Potentilla (Rosaceae) (Tolman & Lewington 1997).

Conservation status: Relatively widespread and common species; not threatened. IUCN category: Lower risk, least concern.

 

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