Butterflies of Norway

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AGRIADES AQUILO

 

English name: Arctic Blue
Norwegian name: Polarblåvinge
Auctor: (Boisduval, [1832])
Original description: as Argus aquilo in Icones Hist. Lep. 1:62.
Syn.: - - -
Type locality of nominate species: "North Cape, Siberia to Altai, and Labrador".
Subspecies in Norway: A. quilo aquilo.
Worldwide distribution: The extreme northern parts of Fennoscandia and Siberia to the Pacific
Ocean, western North America from the Bering Strait to Washington state.
Notes: Boisduval mentioned the type locality to include Labrador. Specimens from
this area, however, belong to A. franklinii. The true type locality of
A. aquilo has been selected to be North Cape. Consequently, A. aquilo aquilo
inhabits northern Fennoscandia and the European part of Siberia. Specimens
from Central Siberia to Kamchatka belong to A. aquilo wosnesenskii
(Ménétriés, 1855). The subspecific classification of A. aquilo in North
America needs to be clarified.

 

A. aquilo aquilo

Auctor: (Boisduval, [1832])
Syn.: - - -
Type locality of subspecies: "North Cape, Siberia to Altai, and Labrador".
Distribution in Norway: North Norway; from Hattfjelldal to the Norwegian-Russian border.
Notes: Some authors place A. aquilo as a subspecies of A. glandon, a
species flying in the Alps, Pyrenees and Sierra Nevada. The morphological
differences between A. quilo and A. glandon prove that A. aquilo is a good species.
Described forms found in Norway: - - -
Etymology: aquilo (Greek) = the northern wind.






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AGRIADES   AQUILO   AQUILO

Specimen

EIS

Region

Kommune Coll. date Legit In coll. Remarks
1 175 FN Porsanger 04-VII-1879 Wilhelm Maribo Schøyen ZMO m
2 175 FN Porsanger 04-VII-1879 Wilhelm Maribo Schøyen ZMO m
3 127 NSI Saltdal 12-VIII-1881 Wilhelm Maribo Schøyen ZMO m
4 127 NSI Saltdal 06-VII-1918 Johan Rygge ZMO m
5 127 NSI Saltdal VII-1918 Johan Rygge ZMO m - ventral view
6 175 FN Porsanger 04-VII-1879 Wilhelm Maribo Schøyen ZMO f
7 127 NSI Saltdal VII-1918 Joahn Rygge ZMO f
8 175 FN Porsanger 04-VII-1879 Wilhelm Maribo Schøyen ZMO f
9 127 NSI Saltdal VII-1918 Johan Rygge ZMO f
10 127 NSI Saltdal 06-VII-1918 Johan Rygge ZMO f - ventral view

 


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AGRIADES  AQUILO  AQUILO

Specimen

EIS

Region

Kommune Coll. date Remarks
1 154 TRI Balsfjord 11-JUN-2002 m
2 154 TRI Balsfjord 11-JUN-2002 m (ventral view)
3 154 TRI Balsfjord 11-JUN-2002 f

 



Habitat of Agriades aquilo; granite rocks make the perfect camouflage for the Arctic Blue (Troms fylke, North Norway, elevation 500 m, JUN-2002)


For further notes, photos and maps of this species, check out
the Lepidoptera homepage of the Zoological Museum of Oslo/Norwegian Entomological Society/Skogforsk
(text in Norwegian).

 

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