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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

Butterflies reported to the website breaking records

a blue male and brown female butterfly both with orange spots and blue studs mating
Silver-studded Blues mating. Photo: Mel Bray

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

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

Silver-studded Blue, Boscombe Chine

view of a Male Silver-studded Blue on a grass seed head showing its uppersides to all wings

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: Michael Skelton

Michael was very surprised to find this Silver-studded Blue at Boscombe Chine on 1/07/18 as he says it was well away from their usual known habitat.

However this year we are getting reports of this species in new locations, which is very exciting.

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.