Large jewel blue

Plebejidea loewii

A small blue with a wingspan of 26-36 mm, the females are smaller and brown while males are a bright glossy blue. There are several subspecies in Lebanon. The large jewel inhabits meadows, grassland, dry stony slopes, and semi-desert. The host plant associated with this species is the spiny milk-vetch (Astragalus spinosus). It flies in the months of May and June, the flight is described as strong and the butterfly doesn’t stray far from the host plant.

Photographs

Attribution: Zeynel Cebeci (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

Attribution: Zeynel Cebeci (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

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