We have nine resident species of  the Lycaenidae family of Blue butterflies in Britain. Some speices are very local in their distribution, while others are far more widespread. All are small in size, and the Small Blue is our smallest butterfly.

 

 

 

The Small Blue is Britain's smallest butterfly. Tottenhoe, Bedfordshire. 2008.

 

A Small Blue drinking from mud, this is the only time that I have seen a butterfly in Britain drinking from mud and passing water. About ever minute a water drop would form and drop from it's rear. Tottenhoe, Beds. June 2007.

 

A male Silver-studded Blue on Heather. Some places this butterfly is plentiful on suitable heaths in Surrey, Hampshire and Dorset.

 

The Brown Argus can be found in a variety of different habitats ranging from heather heaths to chalk and limestone downs to set-a-side fields and woodland rides.

 

A female Northern Brown Argus from Scotland, this has white spots in on all four wings.

 

Male Adonis Blues. Numbers often vary considerably from brood to brood, and this species is restricted to the southern chalk and limestone hills.

 

Three male Adonis blues at rest in the evening on Ballard Down, Dorset. September 2007.

 

My first Large Blue photograph, taken in Somerset, July 2003.

 

A female Large Blue in Somerset. June 2008.

 

Mating Large Blues. Somerset June 2008.

 

A female Large Blue on Thyme, Somerset, June 2008.

 

Male Common Blue, this is Britain's most blue species, and can be found across most of the British Isles.

 

The female Common Blue has varying amounts of blue and brown on it's wings.

 

The Holly Blue is very much at home in urban gardens, with it's caterpillar food plants, Holly, Dogwood and Ivy being commonly ground in gardens and parks. It is on the wing in the spring and again in late summer.

 

 

All pictures are Copyright of Richard Revels FRPS