Agrodiaetus damonides (Staudinger, 1899)



Status. A rare species of restricted distribution. According to IUCN criteria categorized as Crically Endangered CR B1ab(i,ii,iii)+B2b(i,ii,iii).

Brief description. A small–sized butterfly (the length of the forewings of males are 15–20 mm), the ground color of the wings is light blue, the distal parts of the veins slightly covered with black, the females are bown. The underside is grey, with strongly reduced discal and postdiscal spots, white stripe is sharp.

Distribution. Endemic of the South Zangezur range.

Distribution in Armenia. A few specimens are known from the right bank of the Meghri River.

Habitats. Tragacanths, phrygana, low altitude mountain belts.

Biological traits. Flies in a single generation from mid–May to mid–June. Bilological peculiarities are not known. The probable food plant of the larvae is the Astragalus ordubadensis.

Population size and its trends. Unique discoveries are known, the last specimens were collected in 1973, it is probably extinct.

Major threats. Mining development in species habitats. The last specimens were collected before the Agarak mine was brought into operation.

Implemented conservation measures. Not applied.

Suggested conservation measures. Search for new potential habitats, designation of occurrence sites as protected areas.

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