Amanda's Blue (Agrodiaetus amanda)
Male. Taken at Velebits National Park, Croatia, on June 10th 2017.
(1/1250th sec at f165. Approx 3x lifesize)
Male underside. Taken at Bjelepolje, Croatia, on June 7th 2017.
(1/640th sec at f14. Approx 3x lifesize)
Female. Taken at Baderitza, Bulgaria on July 26th 2015.
(1/800th sec at f14. Approx 3x lifesize)
© David Hastings
DescriptionWing span: 36 - 38mm
The male has sky-blue upper surfaces with a dark, diffuse marginal band. The female is brown with orange submarginal lunules on the hindwing. Large for a blue.
It is widespread through most of E Europe, but sporadic and rare in W Europe.
It is found in meadows and grasslands with scrub, roadsides, forest clearings and margins, and sheltered gullies and slopes up to 2000m.
There is one generation from late May to early August.
Larvae feed on many vetches (Vicia spp).