Family - LYCAENIDAE
tribe - POLYOMMATINI
Everes argiades, Sichuan, China
© Tony Hoare
The genus Everes
comprises of 7 species distributed variously across North America,
Europe, Asia, the Oriental region and Australia. It is regarded by
some authorities as a subgenus of Cupido
which consists of a further 11 Eurasian species.
Everes argiades is distributed from
western Europe to Siberia, China and Japan.
This species inhabits
flowery meadows, woodland clearings and forest edge habitats at
elevations between sea level and about 1500m according to locality.
Everes argiades, female
© Peter Bruce-Jones
The larval foodplants
Astragalus ( Fabaceae ).
Both sexes visit flowers, and tend to spend a
long time on each plant, walking about over the flower heads as they
probe different parts of the nectaries with their short proboscises.
When feeding they always hold their wings erect, but they can also
often be seen basking on foliage with their wings held half open.