The Small Blue butterfly is tiny. The wing colour is greyish-blue. The underside of the wings are marked with white-ringed black dots. Like the Holly Blue butterfly, there are no orange markings on the underside of the wings.
months seen in my garden: NONE
months seen in the English countryside: May and June?
I went on a guided butterfly walk in May 2005 so these sightings on Selsley Common were confirmed.
I am uncertain whether I saw Small Blues in June 2003 or June 2005. Small Blue butterflies live in local colonies; This site in Gloucestershire has a colony of Small Blue and is also home to Marsh Fritillary.
The Small Blue butterfly is the smallest of the British Butterflies.
Size: 25mm (about half the size of the Small White - see list of butterflies by size)
First Generation flight period: May-June
Second Generation flight period: Aug-September in a good year
Habitat: Grassy slopes
Larval Food Plants: Kidney vetch
Family Group: Lycaenidae - see list of butterflies by family