Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)
HOME > Moths and Butterflies(Lepidoptera) > Butterfly families > Lycaenidae Butterflies> Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)Range: N. Africa, Europe, Turkey to central Asia, Japan, North America. Flight Period: Bivoltine. Early April/June and July/August. Habitat: Diverse. Dry or damp bushy places, usually associated with woodland clearings/margins. Larval host plant: A wide range of plant families e.g. Rubus fruticosus, R. idaeus, R discolore, Filipenula ulmaria, Discolores sp, Pyaracantha coccinea (Rosaceae) Ulex europaeus etc to name a few.. Ova laid on calyx or stem of flower-buds or developing seeds. Larvae feed on these rather than on young leaves. Larvae attended by Lasius niger, L. alienus, L. fuliginosus, Camponotus japonicus, C.nearcticus, Formica subsericea, F. truncorum, Myrmica sp. Hibernates as pupa.
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