Polyommatus anteros (Freyer, [1838])

Synonyms/other combinations:
Aricia anteros

Polyommatus anteros: Male (NW-Bulgaria, Oblast Sofia, Gubesh, early June 2018) [N] Polyommatus anteros: Male (NW-Bulgaria, Oblast Sofia, Gubesh, early June 2018) [N] Polyommatus anteros: Male (NW-Bulgaria, Oblast Sofia, Gubesh, early June 2018) [N] Polyommatus anteros: Male (NW-Bulgaria, Oblast Sofia, Gubesh, early June 2018) [N] Polyommatus anteros: Male (NW-Bulgaria, Oblast Sofia, Gubesh, early June 2018) [N] Polyommatus anteros: Male (NW-Bulgaria, Oblast Sofia, Gubesh, early June 2018) [N] Polyommatus anteros: Male (NW-Bulgaria, Oblast Sofia, Gubesh, early June 2018) [N] Polyommatus anteros: Male (NW-Bulgaria, Oblast Sofia, Gubesh, early June 2018) [N] Polyommatus anteros: Male (NW-Bulgaria, Oblast Sofia, Gubesh, early June 2018) [N] Polyommatus anteros: Male (NW-Bulgaria, Oblast Sofia, Gubesh, early June 2018) [N] Polyommatus anteros: Male (NW-Bulgaria, Oblast Sofia, Gubesh, early June 2018) [N] Polyommatus anteros: Male (NW-Bulgaria, Oblast Sofia, Gubesh, early June 2018) [N] Polyommatus anteros: Female (NW-Bulgaria, Oblast Sofia, Gubesh, early June 2018) [N] Polyommatus anteros: Female (NW-Bulgaria, Oblast Sofia, Gubesh, early June 2018) [N] Polyommatus anteros: Geranium sanguineum was common in the habitat, thus the probable host plant (NW-Bulgaria, Oblast Sofia, Gubesh, early June 2018) [N] Polyommatus anteros: Habitat (NW-Bulgaria, Oblast Sofia, Gubesh, early June 2018) [N] Polyommatus anteros: Habitat (NW-Bulgaria, Oblast Sofia, Gubesh, early June 2018) [N] Polyommatus anteros: Habitat (NW-Bulgaria, Oblast Sofia, Gubesh, early June 2018) [N]

Host plants:
The larvae feed on Geranium and Erodium (Geraniaceae).

Habitat:
Polyommatus anteros inhabits mountain meadows, pastures, garigues, forb edges and similar places. It is quite local in the lowlands, but a bit more common in the mountains. Nevertheless I have recorded it so far only seldom.

Life cycle:
Polyommatus anteros flies in s single generation between June and August in the mountains, but in 2-3 generations between April and September in the lowlands.

Remarks:
Polyommatus anteros occurs in the Balkans and W-Asia (especially Turkey).



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