Amanda’s blue

Polyommatus amandus brenda

Also called the “Brenda blue,” a larger of the small blues with a wingspan of 28-40 mm, males are typically a glossy sky or silvery-blue with darker margins while females can be blue or brown with a greenish-blue sheen. This species interbreeds with the anthea. The Amanda’s lives at higher elevations, in open woodland, forest edges, damp flowery meadows, pastures, along trails and roadsides, and on mountainsides. Host plants are represented by the legumes: chickling pea (Lathyrus sativus), hoary vetch (Vicia canescens), shaggy vetch (V. villosa), slender-leaved vetch (V. tenuifolia), and bitter-vetch (V. cassubica). It flies May through July.

 

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Attribution: Zeynel Cebeci (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

Attribution: Zeynel Cebeci (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

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