Baton Blue (Pseudophilotes baton)

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2016 photographs highlighted in green. Click on any photograph to go to an enlarged picture, or simply scroll down the page.

9693_male_Var_11Apr08 28794_male_Var_21Apr12 36925_male_Var_16Apr15
41110_male_Hautes-Alpes_8Jul16 4962_female_Var_24Apr07 9830_female_Var_19Apr08
19961_female_Var_7May10 36918_male_Var_16Apr15 14571_male_Var_15Apr09
18172_male_Isère_12Jul09 28792_male_Var_21Apr12 28508_male_Var_12Apr12

About the size of an average Small Blue (Cupido minimus) and could easily be overlooked. It seems to have a very early flight period, more so in the far south of France, with only a limited second brood in the localities I have visited. It can often be very common.

The male is a steely grey-blue with chequered margins and often a series of dark marginal spots on the upf. The female is noticeably larger with a spattering of blue scales. The underside is a cleanly-spotted pattern which cannot really be confused with any other species, at least in France.
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observations

alt. m
9693 M

a male, in typical territorial pose. Pity about the shadow.

185
28794 M a male, showing the characteristic blue of the male of this species. 185
36925 M a male, slightly bluer than the usual steely grey-blue colouring of males in this region. 36918 is the underside. 185
41110 M a male taking salts from the damp ground at about the upper limit of its altitude range, rather bluer than the steely grey-blue of its low altitude counterparts. 1490
4962 F

a female, quite dark with limited blue scales.

140
9830 F an unusual female, with strong blue scaling on the uph and the underside post-discal black spots appearing strongly on the upperside. I have never seen this elsewhere. This was actually the case - it wasn't a photographic transparency effect which can sometimes backlit. 185
19961 F

a female, very fresh and unusually dark.

220
36918 M a male, the underside of 36925. 185
14571 M

a male, quite dark and with pale dull orange lunules.

185
18172 M

a male, a very clean pale grey ground colour and slightly unusual lunules that are effectively orange between two black spots, rather than the normal lunule shape as indicated in 14571.

1120
28792 M a male, the ground colour being rather browner and darker than the norm. 185
28508 M a typical light silvery ground colour. On studying the magnified image, the end of the foreleg appears to be hooked, which confirms that this is a male. 185

 

9693_male_Var_11Apr08

 

28794_male_Var_21Apr12

 

36925_male_Var_16Apr15

 

41110_male_Hautes-Alpes_8Jul16

 

4962_female_Var_24Apr07

 

9830_female_Var_19Apr08

 

19961_female_Var_7May10

 

36918_male_Var_16Apr15

 

14571_male_Var_15Apr09

 

18172_male_Isère_12Jul09

 

28792_male_Var_21Apr12

 

28508_male_Var_12Apr12