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View of brown butterfly with orange spots near the edges of it's wings

Brown Argus. Photo: Brian Arnold

View of brown and orange butterfly on gorse

Brown Argus. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian found this Brown Argus in his Harman’s Cross garden on 21/08/2019.  This is not always an easy species to identify and Brian mentioned that at first he thought it was a female Common Blue as there was a blueish tinge to its wings. However after chasing it around the garden he managed to get a photo of the underside which confirmed that it is a Brown Argus.

brown butterfly with orange spots around the edges of all wings and a white border

Brown Argus. Photo: George McCabe

Brown butterfly with orange spots inside edge of all fore-wings and a white border

Brown Argus. Photo: George McCabe

George tells us he chased six Brown Argus butterflies around a patch of wild flowers at Icen Lane, Weymouth on 21/07/19 and eventually got a couple of photos for us.

This species occurs in small, compact colonies, and is not a great wanderer, only travelling a couple of hundred metres, at most, from where it emerged.

view of a Brown Argus with wings partially open

Brown Argus. Photo: Mike Lowing

Mike sent us this photo taken at Providence Farm on 14/05/19, and queried whether it was indeed a Brown Argus as they can be a very tricky species to identify without a clear sighting of the underside fore-wing. The Common Blue female with which this species is often confused, has an extra spot on the lower half of this wing which is missing in the Brown Argus. In Mike’s photo this area is just covered by the hind-wing making correct ID difficult.

However on balance we have decided it most probably is a Brown Argus.

There are other pointers towards correct ID which can be found on http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk

view of a Brown Arguson a pink flower showing all upperwings

Brown Argus. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian saw this Brown Argus while at Ballard Down on 30/07/18.

Unlike most other “blues”,and this species is one, the Brown Argus has no blue scales on its upperside, both sexes being primarily brown in colour as its common name suggests, although the butterfly does exhibit a blue sheen when at certain angles to the light. Both sexes have beautiful orange spots on the upperside of both forewings and hindwings.

view of a Brown Argus with wings open nectaring on  Verbena

Brown Argus. Photo: Peter Salmon

Posting this on a very wet grey day, this beautiful Brown Argus is a lovely reminder of sunny days! Peter spotted this butterfly in his garden at Alderney on 19/07/18.

The adults emerge first in central and southern England in early May, peaking at the end of May and beginning of June, and giving rise to a second brood that emerges at the end of July and into August.

view of a faded Brown Argus on leaves showing upper wings

Brown Argus. Photo:Andy Martin

Andy found this Brown Argus at Ulwell on 16/09/18.

This species occurs in small, compact colonies, and is not a great wanderer, only travelling a couple of hundred metres, at most, from where it emerged.

They have two generations each year and in good years a partial third generation is possible in the south.

This faded individual would be from a second brood which would have emerged late July to early August.

view of a Brown Argus resting on a leag showing a little upper forewing and under-wings-wing

Brown Argus. Photo: Caroline Stringer

Caroline visited Fontmell Down on 19/08/18 and found this Brown Argus

This is a warmth-loving species and, as such, is often found in sheltered areas or on south-facing slopes. When courting, the males congregate at the base of a slope where they either perch, waiting for a virgin female to fly by, or patrol the area looking for a female perched on a grass stem awaiting a mate. Mating takes place after a short flight low to the ground. When egg-laying, the female will make meandering flight close to the ground, searching out suitable foodplants on which to lay.

The primary caterpillar foodplant is Common Rock-rose , Common Stork’s-bill and Dove’s-foot Crane’s-bill are also used.