Lynda took full advantage of the sunshine at Badbury Rings on 08/09/2019 and found this pristine Common Blue, the only one she found apart from a very tatty female. She also saw 18 Small Heath including the one in this photo during her wander around the rings.
Brian has left a wildflower patch in his lawn in Harman’s Cross, and saw these two together on 22/08/2019. It’s a great shot for showing people how small the blue is, something which those new to butterflies can find quite surprising.
Photographed by Luc at Smokey Hole Lane, Dorchester on 31/07/19.
Female Blues are all brown – just to confuse you! Try our new Species pages to sort out the various Blues.
Mel visited Throop on 16/07/19 and found both Common Blue and Small Copper 2nd generation butterflies on the wing.
The brown colouring and blue basal flush on the the Common Blue tells us it is a female , the male being a plain blue with a white edge to the wings.
Harold tells us.
I helped out on the Lulworth Walk yesterday, 5/06/19 and saw plenty of Lulworth Skippers and a lovely female Common Blue.
Saw 12 species in all including my first Large Skipper and Meadow Brown of the season.
Well done Harold sounds like a very successful event.
Cliona visited Portland on 30/05.19 and says:
I was so excited yesterday to see Adonis Blues, Common Blues, Small Blues and Dingy Skippers all flitting around together. It was a joyful sight to behold in amongst the glorious colours and sunshine at Tout Quarry. Wonderful! Here are a couple of photos I took on my phone, as I just want to share my excitement and enthusiasm 🙂
We are pleased you did share the photos with us Cliona.
An example of a very blue female Common Blue. They are usually rather browner than this, with a sprinkling of blue scales, but this one has got a lot of blue: what a lovely combination of colours! Taken at Badbury Rings on 28/05/2019
Our Alners Gorse Butterfly Reserve is a prime spot for seeing all sorts of butterflies, and Caroline caught this photo on 25/05/2019. We know it’s a male, because the females are brown.
While we generally look for good weather for butterfly photography, less good conditions can be fruitful, too. Ann went to Badbury Rings on 25/05/2019 and found it to be very windy, but that meant she could catch these Common Blues “hanging on to grasses for grim death”, when in sunnier weather they would have flown away.
Penny caught this shot of a Common Blue on a Bluebell on 22/05/2019 at Sharford Bridge, which is north of Corfe Castle.