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Silver Studded Blue Butterfly

Dave Cheetham (May)

This little fella was one of many blue butterflies zipping around the woods near the beach at Newborough on Anglesey this weekend. The ground was covered with bird's foot trefoil which is one of the flowers this particular butterfly is known to be most attracted to.
In flight they are bright blue but the underside of the wings are less vivid and have the intricate pattern you can see here.
This particular butterfly has a close relationship with ants. The females only lay eggs where they detect ant pheromones. The ants pick up the larvae soon after hatching and place them in ant chambers beneath rocks or stones. The eggs pupate within or close to ant nests where they are tended by ants until the adults emerge.

Unfortunately, like most of our butterflies the Silver Studded Blue Butterfly is in decline thanks to the reduction in the amount of wild meadowland in the UK

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