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
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.
Spotted by Michelle on 21/05/2019 at Westcliff, Portland.
Common Blues seem to be out in numbers over much of Dorset at the moment. Sightings sent to this website report 35 at Badbury Rings, 34 at Lorton Meadows (Weymouth) and 27 at Hod Hill (near Blandford). See all the reports on our Recent Sightings page.
Paul had a good day at Ballard Down on 29/04/2019. He was one of two people who reported first sightings of a Common Blue on the day, and he tells us that he saw 20 to 30 Wall Browns at Ballard and Durlston – great news!
Alison photographed this female Common Blue at Worth Matravers on 6/08/18.
The red mites are trombidium breei, and although they look unpleasant, do not apparently harm the butterfly.They are also found on other species such as Marbled Whites, Meadow Browns, and Small Skippers to name a few of long grassland species affected.