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Holly Blue

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Holly Blue

Special features: If you see a blue butterfly in your garden, it's most likely to be the Holly Blue. It's the only blue butterfly which is regularly seen in gardens.

You can distinguish a Holly Blue from the other blue butterflies by the very bright silver-blue undersides of the wings. The only other blue butterfly with similar markings is the 'Small blue', but this is a much smaller butterfly.

The Holly Blue nearly always rests with its wings tightly closed. It only rarely opens them slightly to reveal the vivid blue forewings, which have a white border. The females (above) also have a black band near the edge.

This species has two broods each year, and the second brood usually has a thicker, more prominent black band.

The Holly Blue caterpillar releases a sugary secretion which attracts ants. In return for this sweet snack the ants help to protect the caterpillar through pupation.

Latin name: Celastrina argiolus

Size: Wingspan approximately 33mms.

Distribution: Found throughout most parts of England, Wales and N. Ireland. Scarce in Scotland.

Months seen: March to September.

Habitat: Hedgerows, gardens and woodland edges,

Food: Nectar and honeydew. The bright green caterpillars feed mostly on holly and ivy.

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