Common Blue

Our curator tends to get a bit excited when he sees small blue butterflies. He says he caught this from his dad who always regarded blue butterflies as special. So no wonder when Rog was out with the lawnmower the other day and saw such a little beast, he stopped and got the camera.

No wonder, too, that the butterfly seemed to vanish in that time.  But patience is rewarded and Rog was able to get a photo.

Underside of a common blue butterfly in Market Lavington

Underside of a common blue butterfly in Market Lavington

There it is, sitting on, and no doubt lapping from a small white clover flower on the lawn.

But hang on, there isn’t much blue on this butterfly. Surely it would be better called an orange spot or something like that. Rog thinks this is a female but the male is not really any more blue when seen from this angle. Oh, and no wonder the butterfly seemed to vanish. It is remarkably well camouflaged amongst the colours around it.

The upper wings of the male are very blue. This female did show a bit of wing and that looks quite blue as well.

The top surface of the wing is quite blue - even on this female

The top surface of the wing is quite blue – even on this female

It is that blue you see when the butterfly flies.

Blue wings on the common blue

Blue wings on the common blue

This is the common blue and they are quite common – but maybe others will be, like our curator, really pleased to see them alive and well in Market Lavington

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