Polyommatus loewii (Zeller, 1847)

Synonyms/other combinations:
Plebejus loewii (Zeller, 1847)

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Habitat:
In the East Egean Polyommatus loewii inhabits especially garigues with gorses which are the supposed host plants.

Life cycle:
The butterflies occur in May and June, only in higher altitudes (outside of Europe) even later. The adults often feed on Origanum flowers.

Remarks:
Polyommatus loewii occurs from the East Egean (Samos to Rhodes) across Asia Minor to SE-Asia. It also reaches Egypt via the Near East.



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