First insight into host ant use of the scarce large blue Phengaris teleius (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) in Ljubljansko barje (Central Slovenia)

Authors

  • Barbara Zakšek Center za kartografijo favne in flore, Tacenska 20, SI-1210 Ljubljana-Šentvid, Slovenija
  • Gregor Bračko Department of Biology, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Jamnikarjeva 101, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Nika Kogovšek Center za kartografijo favne in flore, Tacenska 20, SI-1210 Ljubljana-Šentvid, Slovenija
  • Marijan Govedič Center za kartografijo favne in flore, Tacenska 20, SI-1210 Ljubljana-Šentvid, Slovenija
  • Valerija Zakšek Department of Biology, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Jamnikarjeva 101, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14720/ns.24.2.39-44

Keywords:

scarce large blue, Phengaris teleius, Maculinea teleius, Slovenia, host ants, Myrmica, Ljubljansko barje

Abstract

First data on the host ant use of the scarce large blue Phengaris teleius in Ljubljansko barje are presented herewith. A survey was carried out in 2021 in the vicinity of the Bevke village. Altogether, 59 Myrmica ant nests were surveyed for the presence of scarce large blue caterpillars, 58 of M. scabrinodis and one of M. rubra. We found four caterpillars of the scarce large blue in three M. scabrinodis ant nests. Our results indicate that M. scabrinodis is probably the main host of Phengaris teleius in Ljubljansko barje, the same as in other regions of Europe.

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30.12.2022

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Zakšek, B., Bračko, G., Kogovšek, N., Govedič, M., & Zakšek, V. (2022). First insight into host ant use of the scarce large blue Phengaris teleius (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) in Ljubljansko barje (Central Slovenia). Natura Sloveniae, 24(2), 39-44. https://doi.org/10.14720/ns.24.2.39-44

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