Silver-studded Blue

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The Silver-studded blue butterfly can be seen at Prees Heath.  Males are blue with a dark border and females are brown with a row of red spots. The undersides are brown-grey with black spots, a row of orange spots, and small greenish flecks on outer margin.

This small butterfly is found mainly in heathland where the silvery-blue wings of the males provide a marvellous sight as they fly low over the heather. The females are brown and far less conspicuous but, like the male, have distinct metallic spots on the hindwing. In late afternoon the adults often congregate to roost on sheltered bushes or grass tussocks.

The Silver-studded Blue has a restricted distribution but occurs in large numbers in suitable heathland and coastal habitats. It has undergone a major decline through most of its range.
 

Silver-studded blue butterflies

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