Polyommatus iphigenia Herrich-Schäffer, 1847 ♂♀ ♥
Common names: Iphigenia blue, Chelmos blue [En], Sablé turquoise [Fr], Turks witstreepblauwtje [Nl], Αγροδίαιτη της Πελοποννήσου [Gr], Çokgözlü İfigenya [Tu]
Güngörmez, ERZURUM ● Turkey
Description: Males have greenish blue uppersides, which are dusted with dark scales along outer margins. Black borders are wider on forewing.
Below, well-marked and complete postmedian spots are larger on forwing. The pale greyish marginal markings and blue basal dusting are often clearly visible on greyish hindwing. Hindwing white streak enlarges distally.
Biology: The larval host-plant in Greece is Onobrychis alba. The species hibernates as a small larva, assisted by the ant Lasius alienus. Adults fly from late June to mid-August.
Habitat: Dry shrubby locations, road sides, rocky places, at 900-3200m altitude.
Distribution: Chelmos Mount (Peloponnese, Greece), Marmara, Aegean, Central Anatolia, Eastern Black Sea, Eastern Anatolia (Turkey), Armenia.
Baytaş A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayınları, Istanbul.
Tolman T.W., 1995. Concerning the biology and conservation of Polyommatus (Agrodiaetus) Iphigenia (Herrich-Schäffer, 1847) in Greece (Lepidoptera: Lycanidae), Phegea 23 (2): 113.
AdaMerOs-Butterflies of Turkey, The Butterflies Monitoring & Photography Society of Turkey