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Butterfly  Common Blue 

Common Blue Butterfly - Photo  Copyright 2003 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
Need help identifying butterflies? Checkout the ID chart in the Nature Shop - click here

Latin name: Polyommatus icarus

Size: Wingspan up to 35mms.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Months seen: May to October.

Food: Nectar. The caterpillars feed on bird's-foot trefoil

Habitat: Meadows, rough grassland and gardens.

Special features: On sunny days you can sometimes find these butterflies feeding together in small colonies. It's the most commonly seen of all the blue butterflies.

Click for a better viewThe bright blue male (above right) is unmistakable, but the female (left) is darker, and can have varying amounts of brown on the wings.

In southern England there can be two broods each year. The first will be on the wing from May to June, while the second emerges from late July to September. Further north there is normally only one brood appearing between July and August.

The green caterpillars are about 10mms long, quite flattened in appearance, and have a shiny black head.



Track Down More Info

How to Identify a Common Blue Butterfly
UK Safari Butterfly Section








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