The Common Blue Butterfly (Polyommatus icarus)
The Blue use to be the most common and widespread of our native species.
In recent years it has declined considerably. In 2012 was its worst recorded year.
This year as part of the Big Butterfly count, Butterfly Conservation and the National Trust are asking the Public to search coastal sights for the species as it may be that due to less or non existent intensive farming on the coast that the Blue may have retained good numbers there.
I have observed a few more this year than last in the areas I search.
This is a male from the second brood of the year.