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blue butterfly in the company of it's symbiotic partners,ants.

Silver-studded Blue, with Ants. Photo: Chris Elsdon

Blue butterfly with black spots hiding in gorse

Silver-studded Blue, Photo: Chris Elsdon

Chris and Sue attended a course on Silver-studded Blue butterflies with ‘Back from the Brink’ and were relieved to learn that the ants in the first photo,taken  on Hartland Moor on 17/06/19, have a symbiotic relationship with this species and were not attacking it as first thought.

The life of this butterfly is fascinating and information including a video showing an emergence with ants in attendance can be found on :

http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/index.php

Brown females Silver -studded blue  on heather

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: Shona Refoy

a little Silver-studded Blue showing underwing pattern

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: Shona Refoy

Shona visited RSPBArne on 21/06/19 in the hope of finding Silver-studded Blues and was pleased to see nineteen but tells us this was the only female she saw that day. The females have brown upper wings whereas the males are blue.

view of the underside of a female Silver studded Blue

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: Lynda Lambert

Lynda was walking on the new reserve, Hyde Heath at RSPB Arne on 22/06/19 and looked especially for Silver-studded Blues. Only a couple were found but this female was very accommodating and posed nicely for a photo which clearly shows the ‘silver’ studs which give this little butterfly its name.

view of a Silver-studded Blue nectaring on heather with wings partially open

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: Peter Salmon

Peter spotted this male Silver-studded Blue  while at Bourne Valley NR on 30/06/18.

This delightful butterfly is found in close-knit colonies, with individuals rarely flying any distance.

The newly-emerged larva feeds on the tenderest parts of the foodplant, including young shoots, buds and flowers. The larva is often found in the presence of ants, especially the black ant Lasius niger, which are believed to offer the larva some form of protection against parasites and other predators.

Silver-studded Blue Female nectaring on heather

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: John Woodruff

silver-studded blue male resting on grasses with wings open

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: John Woodruff

John found both male and female Silver-studded Blues at Morden Bog on 20/06/18.

Most colonies of this species are found in southern England, although there are several other notable colonies in the east of England and Wales. With the exception of a single site at Prees Heath in Shropshire, this butterfly is absent from central and northern England, Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man

view of a Silver -studded Blue nectaring on a pink flower bud

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: Harold Gillen

Harold tells us:

Saw on the web site that the Silver-Studded Blues were out. So went and checked my local site on Sandford heath and found 5. What a treat and it is my birthday!

What a great birthday present Harold, so much better than a pair of socks!

This delightful butterfly is found in close-knit colonies, with individuals rarely flying any distance. Most colonies contain less than a thousand adults. However, a few colonies are huge, with the number of adults measured in tens of thousands, providing an amazing spectacle. Most colonies of this species are found in southern England, although there are several other notable colonies in the east of England and Wales. With the exception of a single site at Prees Heath in Shropshire, this butterfly is absent from central and northern England, Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man.