Glaucopsyche alexis Poda, 1761 ♀
Common names: Green-Underside Blue [En], Azuré des cytises, Argus bleu-violet [Fr], Alexis-Bläuling [De], Karagözlü Mavi Kelebek [Tu]
Conservation Status: This species is declining in Western and North Europe and listed in The Red Data Book of European Butterflies as Vulnerable.
Mesudiye, MUĞLA ● Turkey
Description: It is a variable species, including the number of spots. The underside is a pale silvery blue with small black spots. Basal area is extensively blue or greenish.
Male upperside black boarders broaden towards the forewing apex.
Female brown with basal blue. Underside forewing has a curving row of spots that uniquely curves towards the anal angle. These spots are also large.
Biology: It flight from March to July, according the locations.
It visits frequently flowers but also takes salts from mud, droppings and carrion.
Food plants: various Fabaceae.
Habitat: It lives on grassy flowery places, amongst scrub or woodland.
Distribution: Mostly Mediterranean; Europe, except northern part, Western Asia and North Africa.
Baytaş A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayınları, Istanbul.