I would like to know the name of this small butterfly seen yesterday and what it would feed on?
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.
Is there a picture?
Why not a Common Blue?
Common blue is larger than Holly blue. Holly blue is found in southern half of British isles, wheras common blue is found all over.
www.ukbutterflies.co.uk is a good id site
Sorry, is there a picture of jaries' butterfly that isn't coming up on my screen?
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.
Maybe jaries could look at ukbutterflies.co.uk 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.
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.