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13/05/2013 at 13:12

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

13/05/2013 at 13:54

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.

16/05/2013 at 20:36

Is there a picture?


17/05/2013 at 20:45

Why not a Common Blue?

17/05/2013 at 21:01

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

17/05/2013 at 21:07 is a good id site

18/05/2013 at 10:44


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

18/05/2013 at 11:39

If there is I can't see it Joe. 

18/05/2013 at 12:05

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

18/05/2013 at 14:18

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.

19/05/2013 at 06:30

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.

23/05/2013 at 22:44
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.
25/05/2013 at 07:25

 lets talk about,yes that's right BUTTERFLIES, 

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


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