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Butterfly  Brown Argus

Brown Argus - Photo  Copyright 2006 Dean Eades
Photo: Dean Eades

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Latin name:
Aricia agetis

Size: Wingspan approximately 30mm.

Found mainly in the south and up to the Midlands of England. Also in some parts of north and south Wales.

Months seen: May to September.

Habitat: Meadows, downs, dunes and cliffs.

Food: Caterpillars feed on rock rose and stork's-bill.

Special features: The upper surface of the wings are dark brown with a row of orange half-moons all around the edges and a narrow white border. There in a black spot in the centre of each forewing.

The brown argus is a member of the blue butterfly family. To recognise this you need to see the undersides of the wings which have a small patch of blue where they meet the body

The bright green caterpillars are about 10mm long, with a faint white line running along its sides.

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