Leptotes pirithous Linnaeus, 1767
Common names : Lang's Short-tailed Blue, Common Zebra Blue [En], Azuré de la luzerne [Fr], Klein tijgerblauwtje [Nl], Νότια λυκαένα µε ουρά [Gr], Mavi Zebra [Tu]
Gonyeli (Gönyeli, Κιόνελι), NIKOSIA (Lefkoşa, Λευκωσία) ● Cyprus
Description: The wingspan is 21-29 mm for males and 24-30 mm for females. It can be confused with the Long-tailed Blue (Lampides boeticus), but it is noticeably smaller, has a postmedian band of white crescents on underside of hindwing and the male’s black borders above are narrower. Female is sooty brown above with blue basal area and several conspicuous median spots on forewing.
Biology: The butterfly flies from March to October depending on the location. The larvae feeds on Fabaceae, Rosaceae and Plumbaginaceae species, including Plumbago capensis, Indigofera, Rynchosia, Vigna, Burkea, Mundulea, Melilotus, Crataegus, Quercus suber, Medicago sativa, Trifolium alexandrium, Arachis hypogaea, Lythrum, Calluna, Genista, Dorycnium, Lythrum salicaria, Calluna vulgaris, Onobrychis viciifolia, Ulex and Melilotus alba.
Habitat: Flowery fields, scrub and disturbed areas.
Distribution: North Africa, southern Europe, Turkey, Lebanon, Himalaya.
Baytaş A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayınları, Istanbul.
Wikipedia, Leptotes pirithous