Pyrgus melotis ponticus Reverdin, 1914
• TYPE LOCALITY. Milos Island, Greece. Probably a wrong indication (de Jong, 1987).
• RANGE. Asia Minor to the Caucasus; the Middle East.
• DISTRIBUTION AND VARIATION. The Caucasus, including the Caucasus Minor and Transcaucasia, is populated by the ssp. ponticus Reverdin, 1914; the nominate subspecies flies in the south of Asia Minor and in the Middle East.
• TAXONOMIC NOTES. According to recent studies (de Jong, 1987), P. melotis is a semispecies of the superspecies P. malvae, because intermediate populations exist in Greece and Turkey.
• HABITATS AND BIOLOGY. Grasslands and slopes from sea-level to 2,600 m a.s.l. Flight periods: April-June and July-September in two, sometimes three, generations. The only known host plant is Rubus (in Turkey).
• SIMILAR SPECIES. P. malvae: the genitalia are different (Fig.).
Fig. Male genitalia of the Pyrgus malvae- (right clasp, uncus and gnatos), centaureae- and alpinus-groups (right clasp):