The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database

Plebejus argus masseyi Tutt, 1909

Massey's silver-studded blue



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: c. 1942 (Thomas et al. 1999:16)



England (northwest)


Biology & Ecology










Dale, J. C. (1835-1865) Entomological Diary for 1835-1865.

De Worms, C. M. G. (1949). An account of some forms of Plebejus argus L. Rpt. Raven Ent. Nat. Hist. Soc. 1949: 28-30.

Emmet, A. Maitland. (1991). The Scientific Names of the British Lepidoptera: Their History and Meaning. Colchester: Harley Books.

Thomas, C. D. (1985a). Specializations and polyphagy of Plebejus argus (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) in North Wales. Ecol. Ent. 10: 325–340.

Thomas, C. D. (1985b). The status and conservation of the butterfly Plebejus argus (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) in north west Britain. Biol. Conserv. 33: 29-51.

Thomas, C. D. (1993). The Silver-studded Blue, Plebejus argus L., pp. 97-99. In: New, T. R. (ed.). Conservation Biology of Lycaenidae (Butterflies). Occasional Paper of the IUCN Species Survival Commission No.8. Gland, Switzerland: International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). vii + 173 pp.

Thomas, C. D., Glen, S. W. T., Lewis, O. T., Hill, J. K. and Blakeley, D. S. (1999). Population differentiation and conservation of endemic races: the butterfly, Plebejus argus. Animal Conservation 2: 15-21.

Wright, A. E. (1942). Plebejus argus Linnaeus race masseyi Tutt in North Lancashire and South Westmorland. The Entomologist London 75: 7-13.


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