Ripart's Anomalous Blue (Polyommatus ripartii)

Taken at Baderitza, Bulgaria on July 26th 2015.
(1/640th sec at f14. Approx 3x lifesize)

© David Hastings


Wing span: 29 - 36mm
Both sexes have plain brown upper surfaces with brown fringes. The underside is yellowish-brown and there is a white streak through the centre of the hind wing.
It is very sporadic with widely dispersed local populations in S and C Europe.
It can be found in dry meadows, glades and mountain slopes up to 2000m.
There is one brood per year in July and August.
Larvae feed on perennial sainfoins (Onobrychis spp).


26-Jul-2015:Baderitza, Bulgaria