Butterflies of Norway




English name: Silvery Argus
Norwegian name: Turkis blŚvinge
Auctor: (Meingen, [1830])
Original description: as Polyommatus nicias in Syst. Bechr. eur. Schmett. 2 : 10.
Syn.: donzelli (Boisduval, 1832)
Type locality of nominate species: Rhetial Alps (Switzerland) [Verity, 1943]
Subspecies in Norway: A. nicias scandica.
Recognized subspecies: A. nicias nicias Meingen, [1830] - Spain, Andorra, France; E Pyrenees and France, Switzerland, Italy; S Alps.
  A. nicias scandica (Wahlgren, 1930) - Scandinavia and Finnland.
  A. nicias kolosovi Korshunov, 1995 (= septentrionalis Krulikovsky, 1908, nom. praeocc.) - Ural, W Siberia (TL: "Provincia Wiatka" [Tatarstan]).
  A. nicias bittis (Fruhstorfer, 1914) - Atlai and Sayan (TL: "Altai Central").
  A. nicias borsippa (Fruhstorfer, 1914) - Transbaikalia (TL: "Kentei-Gebirge").
Worldwide distribution: Pyrenees, Alps, Norway eastwards through Siberia north to 60oN to Transbaikalia and Mongolia.


A. nicias scandica

Auctor: (Wahlgren, 1930)
Syn.: - - -
Type locality of subspecies: Všsterbotten, Sweden.
Distribution in Norway: East part of Hedmark fylke, South Norway.
Notes: A. nicias was found for the first time in Norway in July 2006. To see the paper on this record, clik here.
Described forms found in Norway: - - -
Etymology: nicias:

For photos of Aricia nicias scandica, see website of Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet.

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