TQ1367 : Holly Blue butterfly on Green Alkanet, West Molesey

taken 5 years ago, near to East Molesey, Surrey, Great Britain

Holly Blue butterfly on Green Alkanet, West Molesey
Holly Blue butterfly on Green Alkanet, West Molesey, taken 5 years ago
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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2012
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Date Taken
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
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1336 6756
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