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Sep 29, 2013 8:34 PM

Anyone know this small butterfly?

Hi everyone,

 

I was walking my dogs on the Cotswold Hills, earlier this month, which is mostly grasses growing on Oolitic Limestone. Whilst I was walking, I spotted a tiny butterfly settled on a purple meadow flower. It caught my eye because of a bright blue body. More details below...

 

Body: bright blue

Wings: about 1-1.25cm when closed

Closed Wing colour: White with sort of grey / creamy circles in a pattern

When it took flight, the inside of the wings were a deep lilac

 

Unfortunately, both pictures I managed to get are too blurry to see anything helpful. Maybe if people could post pictures in their replies, I might recognise it

 

Thanks

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    Sep 29, 2013 9:01 PM (in response to Chelt-girl)
    Re: Anyone know this small butterfly?

    Have a browse through the photos here

    - http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/species_family.php?name=Lycaenidae

     

    The list starts with hairstreaks and coppers (it won't be in there) and ends with Duke of Burgundy (not that either); it will be between those - amongst the blues. Note that with many species of blue, the female is somewhat brown. If yours was predominantly blue, it was probably a male; you've just got to try to find one with the right shade of blue (very tricky because of lighting) and the right pattern on the underside (tricky because of subtle differences).

     

    So, you may not be able to ID it exactly; you may have to settle for it being one of a handful of possible species.

     

    Whatever it was, I'm sure you had a lovely walk in the rolling Cotswold hills, made all the more memorable by the fleeting companionship of some of its more charming denizens like that blue. Methinks you might return.

     

    Mike

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