Butterflies of Norway




English name: Holly Blue
Norwegian name: Vårblåvinge
Auctor: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Original description: as Papilio Plebejus argiolus in Syst.Nat. (Edn. 10) I: 483.
Syn.: cleobis (Sulzer, 1776)
marginatus (Retzius, 1783)
acis (Fabricius, 1787)
calidogenita (Verity, 1919)
paraleuca (Rober, 1897)
bieneri Forster, 1941
Type locality of nominate species: England (?).
Subspecies in Norway: C. a. argiolus.
Worldwide distribution: North Africa, Europe, temperate parts of Asia to Central Sibira and NW China.
Specimens from E Transbaikalia, NE China, Korea, Sakhalin and Japan are now placed under C. ladonides. Specimens from North America (from Alaska and Newfoundland in the north to mountains of Central America and Colombia in the south) and now placed under C. ladon.


C. argiolus argiolus

Auctor: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Syn.: - - -
Type locality of subspecies: England (?).
Distribution in Norway: South and Central Norway.
Notes: Two records from North Norway; southern Nordland (1985)
and Finnmark (1973).
Described forms found in Norway: - - -
Etymology: Argiolus is a diminutive form of argus. Linné wrote that argiolus is similar to P.argus, but smaller.


Celastrina argiolus

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Coll. date


In coll.


1 28 Hurum 06-MAY-1990 Tony Nagypal TN m
2 28 Drammen 19-MAY-1980 Tony Nagypal TN m (ventral view)
3 26 TEI Seljord 09-JUN-1996 Tony Nagypal TN f
4 27 Kongsberg 05-JUN-1995 Tony Nagypal TN f (ventral view)


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