Pseudophilotes vicrama, Crete - photo © Ch. Almpantakis
Pseudophilotes vicrama is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae on the island of Crete, Greece.
Pseudophilotes vicrama (Moore, 1865)
Eastern Baton Blue
Family: Lycaenidae > Subfamily: Polyommatinae > Tribus: Polyommatini > Genus: Pseudophilotes
Male to female: 20-25 mm
The male butterfly is blue with a broad border, while the female is brown. Both sexes have white fringes, with dark brown marks at veins.
In particular, the upper side of the forewing of the male is blue with small black markings at the end of the cell.
The underside is grey with black marks forming a nearly straight row in the submarginal area, a curved one in the postdiscal area, and there are also two marks in the cell.
Both sides of the hindwing are respectively similar to the forewing’s; there are just additional orange marks in the submarginal area.
It flies rapidly low to the ground.
Pseudophilotes vicrama in Crete lives in fields, mountains in dense shrubland, seaside, nutrient-poor grasslands, sandy areas, and phrygana.
The larva feeds on Fabaceae (Melilotus officinalis) and Lamiaceae plants.
The butterflies fly in 2 generations per year.
The butterfly is easily distinguished from Polyommatus icarus because both sexes of Eastern Baton Blue, have white fringes, with dark brown marks at veins, more distinctive snd large markings, and are smaller in size.
Least Concern (LC)