Small Blue, Cupido minimus Family: Lycaenidae

1569     *     Cupido minimus     *     Small Blue

Widespread but rare, declining in most areas. A Priority Species for conservation

Wingspan: 18-27mm. The smallest native butterfly
Flight time: May-June and August
Habitat: Sheltered chalk or limestone grassland where Kidney Vetch is present

Larval foodplant: Kidney Vetch, Anthyllis vulneraria

Small Blue, Cupido minimus
Small Blue, Cupido minimus
Badbury Rings, Dorset. May 2015

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