Polyommatus is a diverse genus of butterflies in the family Lycaenidae. Its species are found in the Palearctic realm.

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Polyommatus icarus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Polyommatinae
Tribe: Polyommatini
Genus: Polyommatus
Latreille, 1804[1]
  • Agrodiaetus Hübner, 1822
  • Hirsutina Tutt, 1909
  • Bryna Evans, 1912
  • Meleageria Sagarra, 1925
  • Plebicula Higgins, 1969
  • Paragrodiaetus Rose & Schurian, 1977
  • Sublysandra Kocak, 1977
  • Admetusia Koçak & Seven, 1998
  • Thersitesia Koçak & Seven, 1998


Recent molecular studies have demonstrated that Cyaniris, Lysandra, and Neolysandra are different genera from Polyommatus, where they had been included, sometimes as subgenera.

Some authors still recognize other subgenera, such as Agrodiaetus, Bryna, Meleageria, and Plebicula.

List of speciesEdit


  1. ^ a b Savela, Markku. "Polyommatus Latreille, 1804". Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  • Talavera, G, Lukhtanov, V.A.,Pierce, N.E. & Vila, R. (2012): Establishing criteria for higher-level classification using molecular data: the systematics of Polyommatus blue butterflies (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae). Cladistics. 10.1111/j.1096-0031.2012.00421.x
  • Vila, R., Lukhtanov, V.A., Talavera, G., Gil-T., F. & Pierce, N.E. (2010): "How common are dot-like distributions? Taxonomical oversplitting in western European Agrodiaetus (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) revealed by chromosomal and molecular markers. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 101:130-154 (2010) abstract

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