Lampides boeticus, Crete - photo © Ch. Almpantakis
Lampides boeticus is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae on the island of Crete, Greece.
Lampides boeticus (Linnaeus, 1767)
Long-tailed Blue, Pea Blue
Family: Lycaenidae > Subfamily: Polyommatinae > Tribus: Polyommatini > Genus: Lampides
Male to female: 30-35 mm
The antennae-like “tails" on the hindwings, along with the colorful eye-spots at the anal angle, create the impression of a false head and divert the attention of birds away from the body. It has a quick flight.
Lampides boeticus in Crete is present in various habitats such as gardens with legumes, meadows, ruderal areas or hot scrub, riverbanks, and mountain fields.
The larva feeds on Fabaceae (Medicago sativa, Spartium junceum) plants.
The butterfly flies in at least 2 generations per year.
Long-tailed Blue could be possibly confused with Lang’s short-tailed blue (Leptotes pirithous), but there are significant differences in fingerprint patterns on the underside of the wings. Additionally, Lampides boeticus is larger than Leptotes pirithous.
Least Concern (LC)