Full scientific name:
Celastrina argiolus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Flight Period and Life Cycle
2 broods per year. Overwinters as pupae.
Distribution in Croatia
The entire territory including islands. Check the included map.
External Morphology Characteristics
The edge of the forewing is white with dark fringes. The underside of the wings is bright-blue in color with a grayish tint. On the underside of the forewing there is a series of elongated spots. In males, the upper side of the wings is blue in color with a narrow dark border. In females, the dark border is wide.
Celastrina argiolus often rests on the green branches of trees, bushes and ground. It is also common on the ground, where it sucks the juices of moist soil or, for example, fecies.
Caterpillar Host Plants
Families: heather (Ericacea), legume (Fabaceae), buckthorn (Rhamnaceae), roses (Rosaceae), dogwood (Cornaceae), ivy (Hedera) and staff-tree (Celastraceae).
Edges of forests. Elevations: 0-1500m.