Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Arthropoda > Class: Insecta > Order: Lepidoptera > Family: Lycaenidae > Genus: Maculinea > Species: Maculinea arion

Large Blue - Maculinea arion (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Endangered (IUCN)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Alpine - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Atlantic - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Black Sea - Favourable
Boreal - Unfavourable-Bad
Continental - Unfavourable-Bad
Mediterranean - Unknown
Pannonian - Unfavourable-Bad
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 1 other international agreement
Most preferred habitats
  • grassland
  • heathland and shrub
  • sparsely vegetated land
May also occur in
  • agricultural mosaics
  • cropland
  • woodland and forest
Natura 2000 species code 1058


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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

Conservation status assesses every six years and for each biogeographical region the condition of habitats and species compared to the favourable status as described in the Habitats Directive. The map shows the 2007-2012 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
l'Azuré du serpolet French Van Swaay, C.A.M. & Warren, M.S.
Large Blue English Van Swaay, C.A.M. & Warren, M.S.
Modraszek arion Polish Van Swaay, C.A.M. & Warren, M.S.
Schwarzfleckiger Ameisenbläuling German Van Swaay, C.A.M. & Warren, M.S.
Sortplettet blåfugl Danish Van Swaay, C.A.M. & Warren, M.S.
Tijmblauwtje Dutch Van Swaay, C.A.M. & Warren, M.S.
Synonym Author
Phengaris arion (Linnaeus, 1758)

Other resources

Fauna Europaea search Fauna Europaea
GBIF search Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Habitats Directive Art. 17-2006 summary
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NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
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External data

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Summary of derogations for species

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Region From Until Justification Activity Impact
Thüringen 2013-05-03 2015-12-31 Entnahme von Einzelexemplaren zu Bestimmungszwecken unf Belegexemplare erlaubt Fang keine, da nur Einzelexemplar als Beleg entnommen
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