Polyommatus daphnis versicolor Heyne, 1895 ♂
Common names: Meleager’s Blue [En], Azuré de l’orobe, Azuré festonné, Argus bleu pale, Argus bleu découpé, Daphnis, Argus céleste, Méléagre [Fr], Getand blauwtje [Nl], Zahnflügel-Bläuling [De], Azul Bipuntada [Es], Çokgözlü Dafnis [Tu]
Sariveliler, KARAMAN ● Turkey
Description: The size is 1.5-2 cm. The male has shiny light blue uppersides with sooty black margins and lightly toothed hindwing near anal angle.
The female is brown above with even more strongly toothed hindwing outer margin. Both sexes have postmedian spot bands on underside of each wing, without any orange submarginal markings. Female also has a white streak across the middle of its darker brown hindwing.
Several subspecies has been described:
• P. d. daphnis Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775 – Southern Europe, Crimea et Ural, North-Western Turkey.
• P. d. elamita Le Cerf, 1913 – Eastern Turkey (Bitlis, Hakkari, Van, Şırnak)
• P. d. hayesi Larsen, 1974 – Lebanon
• P. d. narsana Alberti, 1973 – Caucasus
• P. d. versicolor Heyne, 1895 – Southern and Eastern Turkey, Armenia
Biology: It flight in one generation, from June to September, according the locations. The larva feed on various Fabaceae.
Habitat: Sunny, flowery places, from sea level to over 2500 m.
Distribution: Eastern and Southern Europe, from Northern Spain and Italy, Poland, the Balkans, to Western Asia (Turkey, Armenia, Lebanon, Syria, Iran) and Caucasus.
Baytaş A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayınları, Istanbul.
Butterflies of Turkey