Ripart’s Anomalous Blue
Full scientific name:
Polyommatus ripartii (Freyer, 1830)
Ripartijev smeđi 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 both sexes, the upper side of wings is brown. 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’s underside. The streak is missing on some individuals. Polyommatus ripartii is similar to females of Polyommatus damon. 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. Some Polyommatus ripartii individuals have a series of pale orange spots in the marginal zone of the underside of both wings.
Imago feeds with nectar of various flowers.
Caterpillar Host Plants
Family legume (Fabaceae).
Prefers dry and hot meadows in rocky areas with bushes. Elevations: 600-1600m.