Phengaris arion


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Phengaris arion
Species Authority: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Common Name(s):
English Large Blue
Maculinea arion (Linnaeus, 1758)
Papilio arion Linnaeus, 1758

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Lower Risk/near threatened ver 2.3
Year Published: 1996
Date Assessed: 1996-08-01
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Gimenez Dixon, M.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: From notthern Spain and eastwards to Italy, Greece and southern Scandinavia. Extinct in the United Kingdom due to the loss of the short turf habitat when rabbits died out during the myxamotosis crisis. Recently successfully reintroduced to a dozen or so sites in southwestern England.
Albania; Armenia (Armenia); Austria; Azerbaijan; Belarus; Belgium; Bulgaria; China; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Georgia; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Italy; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Latvia; Lithuania; Moldova; Mongolia; Montenegro; Poland; Romania; Russian Federation; Serbia (Serbia); Slovakia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; Ukraine
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Found in grassy places with flowers, especially thyme (Thymus) the larval food plant. Usually in dry habitats which, presumably, favours species of the the ant genus Myrmica on which the larvae also feed. Frequently amongst bushes or woodland edges.
Systems: Terrestrial

Citation: Gimenez Dixon, M. 1996. Phengaris arion. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 August 2015.
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