Common blue

Common blue (male)
Common blue (male)

At the bottom of the hill the water meadows reach from  the woods to the river Avon.  A footpath runs through from Dundas Aqueduct to Bathford.  The meadows are full of flowers and insect life.  The common blue butterfly (Polyommatus icarus) may be common, but I rarely see it sitting still for long enough to photograph.  Recent rainfall and evening sunshine caused this male to to sit calmly on a thistle.  Common blue larvae feed on trefoils and clovers so the mixed grassy meadow provides good habitat.

The outer wings are coloured brown/blue with orange/black/white dots.  This corresponds more to the colourway of the female’s upper wings.

Common blue (male)
Common blue (male)

 

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