Aricia Reichenbach,

Munguira, Miguel L., Martín, José, García-Barros, Enrique, Shahbazian, Gayaneh & Cancela, Juan Pablo, 2015, Morphology and morphometry of Lycaenid eggs (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae), Zootaxa 3937 (2), pp. 201-247: 228

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Aricia Reichenbach


Genus Aricia Reichenbach 

( Fig. 20View FIGURE 20 and 21View FIGURE 21 A, B)

The annular zone of the species from this genus is small and formed by cells of smooth surface, only occasionally bearing small ridges in Aricia nicias (Meigen)  ( Fig. 20View FIGURE 20 A, B) and A. cramera (Eschscholtz)  ( Fig. 20View FIGURE 20 E, F). This contrasts with the transition zone in which the surface of the cells is porous and the cell walls have a rough texture. Cells in this zone are organized in a regular spiral pattern that is more evident in Aricia montensis Verity  ( Fig. 21View FIGURE 21 A, B). In A. nicias  the tubercle-aeropyle area has well developed ridged tubercles and cells with three or four sides, which adjoin together in groups of five to seven. The size of the tubercles is large in A. nicias  , intermediate in A. montensis  and short in A. cramera  and A. morronensis (Ribbe)  (20 C, D). In the latter species this trait is variable in the different areas and tubercles can be larger than in the pictured specimen (see Munguira & Martín 1988; Munguira 1989). Tubercles are also crowned with aeropyles at their tips in all the species of the genus. A. cramera  also differs from the eggs of the other species by the higher number of cells, making it quite similar to the egg of A. agestis  , while that of A. montensis  resembles A. artaxerxes (Fabricius)  . The egg of A. agestis  and A. artaxerxes  has been described in detail by Smyllie (2001).