Silver-studded Blue, with Ants. Photo: Chris Elsdon
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 :
Compared to last year, most of this year has been better, though mid-June was actually down on last year’s totals. However, the recent spell of sunny weather has changed that with numbers being up by 38% Continue reading →
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Seen at Slop Bog, Ferndown on 13/06/2018. Slop Bog has its own website if you would like to find out more about this lovely little reserve managed by Dorset Countryside, but with its own volunteer guardians.