Full scientific name:
Polyommatus amandus (Schneider, 1792)
Flight Period and Life Cycle
1 brood per year. Overwinters as caterpillar.
Distribution in Croatia
More common on the mountains of the coastal area. Check the included map.
External Morphology Characteristics
In males, the upper side of both wings is blue. On the underside of both wings there is a series of orange spots. The orange spots are more pale and less prominent in males. In females, the upper side of both wings is brown with a series of orange spots more prominent on the hindwing. A comparison of the underside of the wings of Polyommatus escheri, Polyommatus icarus form icarinus, Polyommatus thersites and Polyommatus amandus is below:
(1) The cell spot is missing. This is common characteristics of three species including icarinus form of Polyommatus icarus.
(2) In Polyommatus amandus, the white area in zones S3 and S4 is missing.
(3) In Polyommatus amandus‘s hindwing and forewing, the orange spots are less prominent in S5-S7 zones in males and S6-S7 zones in females.
Imago often feeds on legume nectar.
Caterpillar Host Plants
Family legume (Fabaceae).
Flower meadows at the edge of woodland. Elevations: 300-1500m.