Glaucopsyche melanops (Boisduval, 1828)


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Host plants:
The larvae primarily feed on Dorycnium species such as Dorycnium pentaphyllum, secondarily also on further Fabaceae like Lotus or Genista.

Habitat:
Glaucopsyche melanops inhabits dry nutrient-poor grasslands, open scrub and similar places.

Life cycle:
The pupa hibernates. The adults appear early from March to mid-May. I tapped the larvae together with those of Zygaena occitanica from Dorycnium pentaphyllum bushes (about half a meter high semi-scrub) in late May.

Endangerment factors:
Glaucopsyche melanops is threatened by the progressive cultivation of dry land through agriculture and in second importance also other land consumers (settlements, industry, tourism, energy).

Remarks:
Glaucopsyche melanops occurs from North Africa to Provence and westernmost Liguria and is missing in Central Europe. I know Glaucopsyche melanops from a dry, shrubby grassland with Pyrgus onopordi in the area of the Verdon gorges (Provence).



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