Agriades opilete - Cranberry Blue

Plebejus-opilete-cranberry-blue | PTKbutterflies
Plebejus-opilete-cranberry-blue | PTKbutterflies

Rather more dull in shade than closely related species, this is a high mountain species in southern regions of it's range. I seem to miss it frequently on my trips to the area, I always seem to be too early or late.

My best butterfly photographs are now from my encounters in Northern Norway where they were emergent late during my stay. 

Plebejus-opilete-cranberry-blue | PTKbutterflies
Plebejus-opilete-cranberry-blue | PTKbutterflies

So below are the Arctic cousins of the above Alpine inhabitants.

Plebejus-opilete-cranberry-blue | PTKbutterflies
Plebejus-opilete-cranberry-blue | PTKbutterflies
Plebejus-opilete-cranberry-blue | PTKbutterflies