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______________________________________________________________________ Butterflies 10 Long-tailed Blues

 

 

 

 

A close up of a purple flower

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LONG-TAILED BLUE BUTTERFLY Lampides boeticus (m)

 

A picture containing bird, sitting, small, food

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LONG-TAILED BLUE BUTTERFLY Lampides boeticus (f)

 

A close up of an insect on a rock

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LONG-TAILED BLUE BUTTERFLY Lampides boeticus (f)

 

A small insect on a flower

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LONG-TAILED BLUE BUTTERFLY Lampides boeticus (m)

 

A close up of a flower

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LONG-TAILED BLUE BUTTERFLY Lampides boeticus (f)

 

A bird sitting on a branch

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LONG-TAILED BLUE BUTTERFLY Lampides boeticus (f) LONG-TAILED BLUE BUTTERFLY Lampides boeticus (f)

 

A picture containing bird, outdoor, small, flower

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LONG-TAILED BLUE BUTTERFLY Lampides boeticus (f)

 

A close up of a flower

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LONG-TAILED BLUE BUTTERFLY Lampides boeticus (f)

 

A small insect on a branch

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LONG-TAILED BLUE BUTTERFLY Lampides boeticus (f)

 

         The Long-tailed Blue Butterfly Lampides boeticus is one of the most widely distributed butterflies in the world. This attractive little species is an occasional migrant to the UK in late summer (a favoured nectar source is the Broad-leaved Everlasting Pea Lathyrus latifolius living on chalk downlands in the south of England) but it cannot survive British winters at any stage of development and its presence is either as a consequence of natural migration or by importation of ova, larvae or pupae in produce. However, if anthropogenic climate change continues to cause global warming it may eventually become possible for the butterfly to become established and it could be a potential future colonist of the UK as there are suitable foodplants available. The female in the final photograph appears to have laid an egg a short time beforehand. The photographs were taken in France, Italy and Portugal.

 

 

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