Little Tiger Blue
Full scientific name:
Tarucus balkanicus (Freyer, 1844)
Balkanski tigrasti plavac
Flight Period and Life Cycle
2 broods per year.
Distribution in Croatia
More common in the coastal area. Check the included map.
External Morphology Characteristics
There is a long tail on the hindwing. The upper side of both wings is blue in males and a bit more greyish in females. The tiger stripes on the underside of the wings are distinctive. In the submarginal zone of the hindwing there is a series of dark spots with a silver glare. This is one of our smallest butterflies.
More active in the morning. It is common on moist soil.
Caterpillar Host Plants
Dry and warm grassland with bushes. Elevations: 0-400m.