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

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: Sharon Towning

A pale grey and blue burrerfly with black, white and orange markings

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: Sharon Towning

Two photos from Sharon sent in telling us:

Today, 07/06/2024 I went to Higher Hyde Heath – there I saw a butterfly thinking maybe a Common Blue but it got taken by the wind so I didn’t have a good look. Then as I was making my way off the Heath I spotted another butterfly but this time I could see it was a Silver-studded Blue. I then saw 4 more. 

Underwing of a butterfly with a beige background, black within white spots and orange edging, plus small silver studs.

Silver- studded Blue. Photo: Lynda Lambert

Butterfly with beige underwings marked with white, black, orange and with small silver studs.

Silver- studded Blue. Photo: Lynda Lambert

Linda said:

 Thought you might be interested in these two pristine Silver-studded Blues seen on Hartland Moor on 25 July. Quite late for this species to look so fresh I thought.

A blue butterfly with black markings and a white fringe to the wings on some green vegetation

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: Paul Swann

Paul sent us this photo with the following comments:

Still a smattering of very tatty Silver-studded Blues around on our Heaths but have seen a couple of pristine ones this week on Hartland and this one on Higher Hyde Heath yesterday afternoon, 13/07/2023.  I guess we are 5-6 weeks after peak emergence so I don’t know if they are just late emergers or qualify as a small 2nd brood – I have noticed the same pattern the last few years.

A greyish and blue butterfly with black, white and orange markings roosting on a plant stem

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: Donald Simcock

A brown butterfly roosting overnight on a plant stem

Small Skipper. Photo: Donald Simcock

Donald sent us these two photos with the following comments:

Last night Val and I went on a guided Nightjar walk over Creech Heath with James, one of the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation rangers. He showed us the roosting Silver-studded Blue’s and we also found a roosting Small Skipper.

Later as it got dark we started to hear the Nightjars “churring” and saw some in flight but no wing clapping. A really good evening.

A pale brown and blue butterfly with black, white and orange markings on a purple flower.

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: Daniel Holloway

A brown butterfly with orange and white markings

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: Daniel Holloway

Two photos from Daniel sent in with the following comments:

In support of an explosion of Silver-studded Blues, on 22/06/2023 I encountered hundreds on Holt Heath near Cocks’ Moor Pond on both sides of the main road. There are three types of heather in abundance there and the colony spreads over a considerable area to the north of the pond. I was able to photograph a male and a female later in the afternoon.

A greyish and blue butterfly with black, white and orange markings on a pink flower.

Silver-studded Blue (male). Photo: Mark Hardaker

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

Silver-studded Blue (female). Photo: Mark Hardaker

Two photos from Mark sent in with the following comments:

I completed my transect today, 14/06/2023 at Slop Bog. The Silver-studded Blues are out but not yet in great numbers. Visitors should leave it another week or so perhaps.  Here is a male and a female. Our SSBs at Slop Bog have very tiny, almost invisible silver studs on their wings. The female is better endowed, but nearly all our males show this trait.