Butterflies - Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)
Not as 'common' as the name suggests, although some colonies still support large numbers.
The bright blue males are most easily seen while the brown or brown/blue females are more secretive in behavior.
A visit to a known colony late in the evening or during sunset provides the best opportunity to see this butterflt close-up as they tend to roost in groups on a dried grass stem, facing down, wings closed but one side face on to the sun to absorb as much heat as possible before the sun finally sets.
- Larval Food Plants
- Key Sites
Common Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
Black Medick (Medicago lupulina)
White Clover (Trifolium repens)
Lesser Trefoil (Trifolium dubium)
The Common Blue is found in a variety of grassy habitats, particularly where the larval foodplants can be found in sunny sheltered positions such as roadside verges, woodland clearings, disused railway lines, quarries and post-industrial brownfield sites.
Resident in Warwickshire.
Draycote Meadows (WWT Reserve)
Shadowbrook Meadow (WWT Reserve)
Loxley Church Meadow (WWT Reserve)
Stockton Cutting (WWT Reserve)
Goldicote Cutting (WWT Reserve)
Henley Sidings (WWT Reserve)
A photographic slideshow displaying various images of the Common Blue is currently in development.
Details of how you can supply your own photographs for display here will be made available soon.
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult Common Blue butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.