View of a blue butterfly with some black markings and a white fringe to the wings

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: Paul Swann

A blue and greyish butterfly with orange, black and white markings

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: Paul Swann

Two photos from Paul taken yesterday, 15/07/2021 sent in telling us:

I know Silver-studdded Blues can occupy a variety of habitats but I was quite surprised to see this one at Longham Lakes today

View of a blue and greyish butterfly with orange, black and white markings resting on green vegetation

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: John Woodruff

A view of two mating blue and greyish brown butterflies with orange, black and white markings

Silver-studded Blues. Photo: John Woodruff

John sent in these photos saying:

A quick trip to Morden Bog this morning, 15/07/2021 was rewarded with a large number of Silver-studded Blues all dying to have their photographs taken. It was also noticeable that there was a large contingent of females amongst the flighty males but alas no Graylings yet to report from this reserve.

A resting blue and greyish butterfly with black, orange and white markings

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: Dave Martin

A resting blue butterfly with black markings and white fringe to the wings

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: Dave Martin

These two photos of male Silver-studded Blues were taken by Dave on 08/07/2021 at Studland Heath during a butterfly trip to Dorset – the male is best identified from the similar Common Blue by the thick black borders to both its underwing and upperwing.

View of a resting blue butterfly with a white fringe to the wings and some black and red markings

Silver-studded Blue ab. Photo: Edmund Mackrill

This female Silver-studded Blue caught Edmund’s eye whilst he was butterflying in Tout Quarry on 02/07/2021 and he sent in this photo telling us:

In the sunshine it was actually much brighter than this video grab shows. Female Silver-studded Blues are particularly prone to aberration and there are lots on record but I failed to find an example with such extensive blue as this individual shows – very interesting.

A blue butterfly with black markings and white fringe to the wings

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: Mark Hardaker

A view of two butterflies, one blue and greyish with orange, black and white markings and the other pale brown with orange, black , blue and white markings

Silver-studded Blues. Photo: Mark Hardaker

Two photos of Silver-studded Blues taken on 23/06/2021 at Slop Bog near Ferndown and sent in by Mark who told us that he saw many of them flying there.

A blue butterfly with a black border and white fringe to the wings

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: Andrew Martin

A blue butterfly with black, orange and white markings and a white fringe to the wings

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: Andrew Martin

Andrew sent in these two photos telling us:

Had my first Silver-Studded Blue of the year today, 09/06/2021 on Coombe Heath a week later than last year, only one seen. Such a joy to see this beautiful insect back on the wing.

These photos are both of the male which is best distinguished from the similar Common Blue by the thick black border to both its underwing and upperwing.  In both sexes, the outer edge of the underside of the hindwings has a series of metallic-blue centred spots – hence the butterfly’s name, though silver is rather a misnomer.

Editor’s Note:  This appers to be the first sighting of a Silver-studded Blue reported to the Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation this year – last year the first one reported to Dorset BC was seen on 25/05/2021

View of a perching pale brown butterfly with black, cream, orange and blue markings

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: Steve Kinnersly

View of a brown butterfly with orange and black markings and white fringe to the wings

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: Steve Kinnersly

These are just two of the photos Steve sent us last year of Silver-studded Blues he saw at Higher Hyde Heath Reserve near Wool on Sunday 14/06/2020.  He told us that there were hundreds of butterflies there in an area of 10 metres square and that they were roosting on the long grass in the early evening sunshine.

Two silvery blue and pale brown butterflies with black, white and orange markings mating

Silver-studded Blues. Photo: John Woodruff

Two silvery blue and pale brown butterflies with black, white and orange markings mating

Silver-studded Blues. Photo: John Woodruff

Two photos from John sent to us with the following comments:

The Silver-studded Blues were intent on coupling up today, 25/06/2020 on a scorching Morden Bog this morning. There were numerous pairs coupled up and countless males searching the heather for a willing female.

View of a backlit silvery blue butterfly with brown, black, white and orange markings reflected through by the sunlight

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: Steve Kinnersly

View of 4 silvery blue butterflies with white, black and orange markings resting in long grass

Silver-studded Blues. Photo: Steve Kinnersly

Steve took these pictures of Silver-studded Blues at Higher Hyde Heath reserve near Wool on 21/06/2020. He told us there were hundreds of butterflies in an area of 10m square roosting on the long grass in the early evening sunshine. You will note the different wings on the first photo of the male and Steve added the following comment about this:

I think the different wings of the male with open wings is a trick of the light. It was apparent at the time. I assumed that the under-wing markings were showing through because the sun was bright and light was coming from behind the wings on the right of the photo. You can see the shadow of those wings on the other wings. I’ve seen similar things before with back-lit butterflies.