Plebejus idas Linnaeus, 1761 ♀
Common names: Idas Blue, Northern Blue [En], Azuré du Genêt, Argus sagitté, bleu-violet, Idas [Fr], Idas-Bläuling [De], Μέτριος άργος [Gr], Esmergöz [Tu]
Bahceli, ARTVİN ● Turkey
Etymology: Idas was one of the Argonauts and brother of Lynceus (Greek mythology).
Description: The male has the upperside violet blue and the female brown. The underside color is greyish with white-ringed black spots, prominent orange submarginal lunules and a few reflective blue scales. The wingspan is 14-16 mm.
Biology: The butterfly flies from June to August depending on the location.
Food plants: The larvae feed on Calluna and Fabaceae species.
Habitat: stony grasslands, openings at clear-cut woodlands.
Distribution: Europe, temperate parts of Asia, Alaska, Canada and northern United States. In Turkey, found mainly in the northeast, but also in the western Black Sea region and at Taurus Mountains.
Baytaş A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayınları, Istanbul.