Turquoise Blue
Polyommatus (Plebicula) dorylas
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Polyommatus dorylas

Male, Switzerland, July 2013

Polyommatus dorylas

Male, Switzerland, August 2013

Polyommatus dorylas

Male, Switzerland, September 2013

Polyommatus dorylas

Male, Switzerland, September 2013



Female, Switzerland, July 2009

Polyommatus dorylas

Male, Switzerland, June 2012

Polyommatus dorylas

Mating pair, Switzerland, August 2012

Poyommatus dorylas

Very pale male, Val d'Aran, July 2011

Polyommatus dorylas

Upperside of the same male



Male, Switzerland, May 2009

Val d'Aran, July 2008

Val d'Aran, July 2008

Switzerland, May 2005

Switzerland, July 2006

The first butterfly above was filmed in May 2005 in Switzerland - this is much earlier than I normally see them, in late June and July.

The turquoise blue has a gleaming blue upperside with a very characteristic colour in flight, though I would not say it was really turquoise. The distinguishing feature, however, is the underside, which has broad white margins separating it from all other central European butterflies.