Full scientific name:
Polyommatus damon (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
Planinski sivorubi plavac
Flight Period and Life Cycle
1 brood per year.
Distribution in Croatia
Mountains and hills of the coastal area. Check the included map.
External Morphology Characteristics
In males, the upper side of both wings is blue with a gradual dark border. In females, the upper side of both wings is brown. In both sexes, there is a series of dark spots on the underside of both wings. The spots on the forewing are more prominent. There is a long white streak on the hindwing. Females are similar to Polyommatus ripartii. In young individuals, it is easier to see the difference. Polyommatus damon has a bright grey-white margin of the wings. The margin of Polyommatus ripartii has a brown shade. Furhermore, many Polyommatus ripartii individuals have a series of pale orange spots in the marginal zone on the underside of both wings.
Imago often feeds on eryngo nectar. In dry and hot weather, it is common on moist soil.
Caterpillar Host Plants
Family legume (Fabaceae).
Prefers dry and hot meadows in rocky areas with bushes. Elevations: 400-1400m.