Mazarine Blue (Cyaniris semiargus)
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A butterfly with a very wide altitude range, often being found at 2000m and sometimes considerably higher. It is quite widespread across Europe but usually not more than a few in any one place. The male is a deep strong blue with the veins marked black and with varying-width strong black borders, and the female plain brown with no marginal lunules.
|The undersides of both sexes are quite similar: the male is blue-grey to greyish-brown and the female browner, although male undersides can be browner than one might expect. It is slightly larger than the average Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus).|
showing the deep blue, especially of the upf, and black veins.
|25642||M||almost identical to 18204, but probably better showing the beautiful deep blue of semiargus.||1400|
|36342||M||a male, seen at high altitude, and with limited blue scales compared to the norm, despite being fresh.||2090|
|38221||M||a male, only slightly darker than the norm, despite the high altitude.||2020|
|44157||M||a male, with a very deep blue colour.||1600|
a fresh female upperside, plain dark brown and almost completely unmarked.
|48413||F||a rather appealing female, fresh it appears, with blue hairs on the body and in the basal region.||1590|
|48052||PAIR||a mating pair, with another male trying to batter its way in. 48057 features the same pair.||2070|
|48057||PAIR||the same mating pair as in 48052, after the send male had departed, now looking a little more serene. The fresher female is on the left.||2070|
a male, the ground colour being brown-grey.
quite bluish in ground colour, and with very vestigial marginal markings.
|33344||M||a male, roosting in overcast conditions.||1430|
|32600||F||a female, typical colouring.||220|
quite a strong and distinct brown ground colour.