Small Blue Monday

-the amazing small blue butterfly

I counted a total of 66 Small Blues on my Bank Holiday Monday excursion -a very pleasing and encouraging count- including a female ovipositing

The Small Blues were difficult to count because they (mostly males) were solar-powered, scurrying about looking for females. Fortunately, the Small Blues don’t travel far before settling, flying low in short bursts only.

Here are some more images taken on the day …

I found almost all of the Small Blues in a particular area where kidney vetch is regenerating very well.

Here’s another image of a Small Blue collecting salts from a muddy patch. Alwyn.

More information on Small Blue butterflies can be found on:
http://www.barnsleybiodiversity.org.uk/small_blue.html

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