Friday, 3 July 2015

Armenia part V

Day 7: Kuris and surroundings

For this day I had the choice between trying again for Polyommatus damonides on the road to the airport (see Armenia part IV) or joining on a trip a bit higher up in the mountains with Alex Dantchenko, Russian Lycaenid specialist who I accidentally met in the B&B I stayed in Meghri. I made the second choice. Although this meant I would miss P. damonides, joining Alex Dantchenko was a more than unique chance.

Pieris pseudorapae
A taxon in the Pieris-napi-group. According to some authors this taxon should be synonymised with Pieris napi meridionalis but apparently breeding experiments between pseudorapae & napi suggest it to be two species. 

Colias aurorina, female
Note the very deep orange on the bit of front wing you can see on this pic, I have another pic of the same individual being attacked by a male Colias croceus and then the difference in color is very obvious.

Colias aurorina, female of the pale morph on the possible larval food plant, Astragalus species

Lycaena thersamon, male

Satyrium ilicis

Melanargia larissa

Chazara briseis

Provisional species list
Erynnis marloyi
Pyrgus sidae
Carcharodus lavatherae
Ochlodes sylvanus
Thymelicus lineola
Thymelicus sylvestris
Parnassius mnemosyne
Iphiclides podalirius
Papilio machaon
Aporia crataegi
Pontia edusa
Colias croceus
Colias alfacariensis
Colias aurorina
Gonepteryx rhamni
Pieris pseudorapae
Tomares romanovi
Lycaena phlaeas
Lycaena tityrus
Lycaena thersamon
Satyrium ilicis
Satyrium abdominalis
Cupido minimus
Cupido osiris
Cupido argiades
Celastrina argiolus
Glaucopsyche alexis
Aricia agestis
Cyaniris semiargus
Polyommatus amandus
Polyommatus icarus
Polyommatus bellargus
Plebejus eurypilus
Libythea celtis
Argynnis niobe
Argynnis pandora
Issoria lathonia
Brenthis daphne
Melitaea phoebe/pseudosibina
Melitaea didyma
Melitaea interrupta
Vanessa cardui
Aglais io
Polygonia c-album
Polygonia egea
Nymphalis polychloros
Limenitis reducta
Neptis rivularis
Lasiommata maera
Coenonympha leander
Maniola jurtina
Hyponephele lycaon
Melanargia galathea
Melanargia larissa
Melanargia russiae
Hipparchia pellucida
Brintesia circe
Chazara briseis
Pseudochazara thelephassa

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