TQ1367 : Holly Blue butterfly on Green Alkanet, West Molesey

near to East Molesey, Surrey, Great Britain

Holly Blue butterfly on Green Alkanet, West Molesey
Holly Blue butterfly on Green Alkanet, West Molesey
April 30th was probably the sunniest day of April, 2012 - and frankly, there wasn't much competition, the month was the wettest April on record. I had seen very few butterflies in previous weeks (in March rather than April) so I was pleased to see my first holly blue and orange-tips of the season on the wing - by the so-called Dead River (at the end of Approach Road).

In my experience the Holly Blue, Celastrina argiolus, is a species typical of suburban streets and gardens - but not often as approachable as this one. The only other blue butterfly likely to be seen in such places is the Common Blue, Polyomattus icarus - but that has a more complex underwing pattern, with orange, black and white markings on a ground which shades from blue-grey to buff.,
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Monday, 30 April, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 4 May, 2012
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Suburb, Urban fringe  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1335 6756 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:23.7458N 0:22.3270W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1336 6756
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