Maculinea arion - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Catus, Lot, 12 July 2008
Maculinea arion Adult


© Tineke Aarts

Maculinea arion (Linnaeus, 1758)

Large Blue
L'Azuré du serpolet

Wingspan: 34-46mm

A univoltine species on the wing from mid-May to August. Recorded on the Causse, at Catus and Las Descargues. A species of dry grasslands, scrub, woodland clearings and meadows up to 2400m.

Larva feeds on Thymus, Origanum vulgare. Pupae are attended by Myrmica sabuleti and M. scabrinodis.