Blue Butterfly

I would like to know the name of this small butterfly seen yesterday and what it would feed on?


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,111

    Small blue butterfly is probably a Holly Blue. it feeds on Holly flowers and forgetme nots and lays its eggs on Ivy, Holly, and brambles which the caterpillars eat.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • Is there a picture?


  • Why not a Common Blue?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,111

    Common blue is larger than Holly blue. Holly blue is found in southern half of British isles, wheras common blue is found all over.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,111 is a good id site

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • fidget,

    Sorry, is there a picture of jaries' butterfly that isn't coming up on my screen?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,059

    If there is I can't see it Joe. 

  • Which is why I wonder about fidget's conclusion about the butterfly's identity. No picture, no description and no location = no identification.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,111

    Maybe jaries could look at and tell us which is nearer to what he saw. I  did say probably , based on "small blue butterfly" but without a photo. ID is uncertain.  I can never get a photo of holly blues because they rarely settle, always flitting about.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • I just wondered why you decided on Holly Blue. All blue butterflies are 'small' relative to, say, the Vanessids. If you said to me 'What's this medium sized black bird?', it could be blackbird, chough, grackle depending on exact description and location.

    Sorry folks to get off the subject of is it a 'big blue or a small blue' lets talk about,yes that's right BUTTERFLIES, one of natures wonderful miracles, Has any one done what i did last year and grew some Painted Ladies, sent away for the caterpillars with all the home etc and WOW!!! Insect Lore supplies these and more.
  •  lets talk about,yes that's right BUTTERFLIES, 

    We were! (It's great fun to watch them hatching.)


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