Plebejus carmon Gerhard, 1851
Syn.: Plebejus eurypilus Freyer, 1852, Kretania eurypilus Freyer, 1852
Common names: Eastern Brown Argus [En], Argus du Taygète [Fr], Άργος του Ταϋγέτου [Gr], Doğulu Esmergöz [Tu]
Güngörmez, ERZURUM ● Turkey
Description: Uppersides of both sexes is dark brown. The male’s black marginal spots on hindwing are encircled in orange. The female’s red or orange submarginal spots are quite variable on both wings. Below, a hindwing black marginal spot near anal angle has always a bright blue center. And orange spots on forewing are bold.
• P. c. Carmon Gerhard, 1851 – Turkey, Western Iran, Transcaucasia
• P. c. euaemon Hemming, 1931 – Hermon Mt. (Israel)
• P. c. pelopides van der Poorten, 1984 – Southern Greece
Biology: The species flight from June to August, according the altitude. The larval food plants are Astracantha arnacanthoides, A. rumelica, A. gummifera, A. aurea, A. caucasica.
Habitat: Flowering streamsides in steppes and mountains.
Distribution: Southern Greece, Turkey, Transcaucasia, Western Iran, Israel.
AdaMerOs, The Butterflies Monitoring & Photography Society in Turkey