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










Original scientific description:

Tutt, J. W. (1909). Plebejus argus var. cretaceus, n. var., P. argus var. masseyi, n. var., P. argus var. corsica, Bell., and Plebejus argyrognomon var. corsica, n. var. The entomologist's record and journal of variation 21: 58-59.


Other references:

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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