Distribution and biological peculiarities in Armenia: The species is distributed in Transcaucasia, Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon. Armenia is inhabited by nominate subspecies.In Armenia the species inhabits semi-deserts and dry mountain steppes in Central and Southern Armenia occupying elevation range from 1000 to 2200 m a.s.l. The larval host plants are several species of Acantholimon. The species gives two generations per year: first flies from early May till mid October.
Population dynamics: The species is quite uncommon even within typical habitat. The population trend demonstrates stability, which can be result of high level resistance of the host plant - the thorny bush - towards overgrazing and other forms of habitat degradation. However, there is a destructive tradition of collecting flowers and steams with seeds for decoration, which eliminates spreading of the host plant and the butterfly is an object of a trade in small scale.
Conservation measures: The species is not included in the Global and European Red Lists, as well as in Red Book of Animals of Armenia. Also the species is not included into Appendices of CITES and Bern Convention. Preliminary assessment of its conservation status suggests it as Least Concern. The distribution range of the species is covered by Khosrov Forest State Reserve and Gnishik Protected Landscape and by Emerald Sites - Khosrov Forest and Gnishik. Also the species is presented in Gnisheek and Ourtsadzor Prime Butterfly Areas. There is no necessity of urgent conservation measures to protect the species; however it is important to regulate collection of the flowers of the host plant and trade of the butterflies. Also, taking high level of species' specialization into account it is important to continue its monitoring to track its population trend and the habitat degradation.