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Butterflies - Uzbekistan Part 1 - Tien Shen (1 Viewer)

Muppit17

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I am wading through the photos of butterflies in Uzbekistan. It appears that the Vadim V. Tshikolovets book is unobtainable and I dont have access to the incomplete and multi-volume butterflies of the Palearctic. So any help would be welcome. As with many places many species are the same as Europe, but with some localised endemics and local races. I am therefore not sure which are the widespread and which are the local.

I attach a few to start off - all taken to the NE of Tashkent in the foothills of the Tien Shen between 1000-1400m asl.

I think the file names have the right species
Brown Argus - Brown Argus & Eastern Brown Argus - should both be possible
Green-underside Blue - relatively straightforward, but there are no spots on the hindwing with this one
Wood White - looks like sinapsis, but can Fenton's or any other local species be excluded
 

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andyb39

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If I'm not wrong, Eastern Brown Argus lacks spots on the upper forewing, so should be Brown? Does Common Blue reach there?

Fenton's Wood White is said to have a falcated (slightly hooked) forewing, whereas the forewing looks pretty rounded on the individual in the photo, so maybe just sinapsis?

Agree with Green-underside Blue.
 

Muppit17

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If I'm not wrong, Eastern Brown Argus lacks spots on the upper forewing, so should be Brown? Does Common Blue reach there?

Fenton's Wood White is said to have a falcated (slightly hooked) forewing, whereas the forewing looks pretty rounded on the individual in the photo, so maybe just sinapsis?

Agree with Green-underside Blue.
Again many thanks.

Common blue should be possible but u/s ruled it out in the field

Apparently Cryptic and sinapsis are possible - I will leave it as sinapsis

I am still surprised about the lack of u/s hindwing markings on the GU Blue. From the location G aeruginosa is possible, however I don't know the differences from alexis and in some places aeruginosa is solely a ssp of alexis
 

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