Wednesday, 6 June 2012
Pagan Eye: Blue Butterfly on the South Downs
I photographed this pretty blue butterfly while walking on the South Downs, near Beachy Head, over the bank holiday weekend. I think the butterfly is an Adonis Blue, which is often found on chalky downlands in England in late May or early June. Apparently the Adonis Blue particularly likes horseshoe vetch, which is the yellow flower this butterfly is resting on.
Another blue butterfly that likes chalky downlands and is partial to horseshoe vetch is the Chalkhill Blue butterfly, but that has more black markings on its wings and is also more usually seen in July or August.
I'm not an expert on butterflies, so it is quite possible I've misidentified this one - if you recognise it, do let me know.
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