Provençal Short-tailed Blue
Full scientific name:
Cupido alcetas (Hoffmannsegg, 1804)
Flight Period and Life Cycle
2-3 broods per year. Overwinters as caterpillar.
Distribution in Croatia
The mainland including Istrian peninsula. Check the included map.
External Morphology Characteristics
On the hindwing there is a short tail with a dark spot next to it. In males, the upper side of wings is blue with a thin and dark border. Females have a dark upper side of the wings with a bluish glare in the basal zone.
It often rests on leaves and low plants.
Caterpillar Host Plants
Family legume (Fabaceae).
Edges of forests and bushes. Elevations: 0-1000m.