Butterfly Species Galleries
Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!
Images 1 & 2 contributed by U.K
photographer Bill Edwards.
Images 3 & 4 & 5 contributed by
U.K photographer Michael Smith..
Also known as the Blue Argus.
The Common Blue is the most widespread blue butterfly in Britain and Ireland.
They are quite common and found in a variety of habitats, especially sunny sheltered areas. They seem to prefer downlands, coastal dunes, undercliffs, road verges, acid grass and woodland clearings.
You may find these butterflies individually, but are far more likely to see them in small groups feeding together on patches of bluebells or plant nectar-rich borders.
The males patrol areas of high activity, looking for receptive females.
Male Common Blues have violet blue dorsal wings with greyish beige ventral sides.
Females in the south have predominantly brown dorsal wings and orange crescents, where those found farther north and west have much more blue.
The brightly colored males are much more noticeable, while the females are much more difficult to spot.
Common Blue flight, in general, is fast and haphazard.
There are typically two generations of Common Blues per year, but if the weather is warm, there can be up to three broods over the spring and summer.
Common Blues have an adult lifespan of about 3 wks.round 3 wks.
* A recent study says that there has been an estimated 96% decrease in the Common Blue population mostly due to habitat loss.
Caterpillar diet: wild, leguminous plants such as bird's-foot trefoil, rest harrow and white clover.
Adult diet: nectar from flat-headed flowers.
Avg. wingspan: 29–36 mm / 2.9-3.6cm / 1.1–1.4 "
The single biggest threat to butterfly survival is habitat destruction!!