Friday, 6 September 2013

Adonis Blues (Lysandra bellargus) near Stroud. Gloucestershire

September 3. 2013:
On a small piece of sloping limestone grassland, several second (autumn) brood Adonis Blues were flying in warm sunny weather. Mostly, they nectared on the flowers of scabious and marjoram but also sometimes rested on dead grasses. The distinctive intense sky-blue colour of the males could easily be picked out even at a distance.

This is probably the most northerly colony in Britain and surprisingly is a site where the grass is quite long, much different to the short-turfed habitat that the butterfly normally favours.


All males above


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