Saturday, 9 August 2014

Common Blue

The Common Blue Butterfly (Polyommatus icarus)

Until recently I had only observed very few of the Common Blue species (In fact only in single figures). Normally there should have been more of the May to June brood. Fortunately the end of July to October brood appears to be favouring much better.










24 comments:

  1. your photographs really make this 'common' blue appear really something special, which it is. Carole, at snaphappyonline.blogspot.com

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  2. HI Roy These are exquisite photographs of this beautiful butterfly. I am off to Malawi tomorrow for 6 weeks so perhaps I will see butterflies there. Have a great weekend.

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  3. Simply gorgeous photos of a stunning butterfly. Have a wonderful Saturday, Roy.

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  4. Lovely set Roy. After a slow start numbers now seem to be picking up here, still not as many as previous years though.

    I've also noticed that, at one site I visit, a lot of the Chalkhill Blue females are appearing with deformed/under developed wings this year. The warden thought it might be down to the Horseshoe Vetch possibly being contaminated or diseased!...[;o)

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    1. Thanks Trevor.
      I understand from a Blogger friend of mine (Noushka) who is an expert in these things, that some under developed wings are a result of the butterfly not being able to emerge from the Chrysalis quickly enough and not drying out properly.

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  5. Bonjour Roy,
    La troisième photo de cet Argus est extrêmement belle ! Bravo !!!! je suis sous le charme de ce beau papillon.
    En regardant plus loin, j'ai également apprécié ta série sur les oiseaux. Little Robin est trop trop mignon ! Le Chardonneret élégant resplendissant.
    Bravo Roy, à bientôt

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    1. Merci Nathalie.
      La troisième photo ma préférée aussi.

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  6. Lovely photos of the beautiful butterflies.

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  7. look devils don't sit still much either!! nice!

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  8. Hey Roy..A real stunning butterfly, and that blue with the yellow trefoil made some great shots!!

    Grace

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  9. Something that beautiful deserves a better name then "common". Really great shots!

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    1. Thanks Mary yes I agree, especially when all the other Blues have nice names.

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  10. A beautiful array of Icarusblauwtje.
    A beautiful little butterfly

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