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Chalkhill Blue: my number one

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Chalkhill Blue: my number one

Sadly the chalkhill blue (Lysandra coridon) has declined significantly in recent years as its preferred habitat of sunny chalk and limestone hillsides have been lost to agriculture. Where it does occur, however, it can be plentiful during the month of August.

The males are seen more often than the females and are likely to be found feeding in small groups on purple flowers such as knapweed and thistles. The males are unmistakable being quite large and a silvery-blue colouring with black markings. The females are much more secretive and are brown with a few orange dots along the edges of the wings.

The chalkhill blue is very much a species of southern England and in Dorset they can be seen on Fontmell Down in big numbers as well as on Bindon Hill near Lulworth. I try not to have favourites but I have to confess that the chalkhill blue is my number one butterfly, a true beauty.


 

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This nature note was written by ----> Peter Orchard
This nature nore was written ----> 2 years 5 months ago

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