Saturday, 28 July 2007

Brown Argus (Aricia agestis)

Adult female Brown Argus (subspecies A. a. agestis) at Geddington, Northants - July 2011

Featured Subspecies: Aricia agestis agestis
Length: ?
Wingspan: 25-31mm
UK Status: Least Concern IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

A small attractive grassland species, the Brown Argus is actually a member of the "blues" despite being brown in appearance. However, the underside of the wings do look very much like the underside of what you'd expect a blue to look like. A small unobtrusive species, so far I've never seen it in notable numbers.

Related Species:
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Aricia
SUBSPECIES: A. a. agestis, A. a. calida, A. a. azerbaidzhana, A. a. nazira

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A common resident species which is seen in Summer
 - Seen in Geddington and Rainham

Further Notes: RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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