Adonis Blue

Common Name Adonis Blue
Scientific Name Lysandra bellargus
Family Lycaenid Butterflies Blues and Hairstreaks
Interest
4
Description A brilliantly coloured blue butterfly, rare in the United Kingdom as a whole but quite common in parts of Dorset. 
Read about this species in my Nature Diary blog:
Date Sort ascending Title Link to Article Edit
13-10-21 Adonis Blue in Dorset: what your tweets tell us ... -
24-05-10 Adonis Blue (Lysandra bellargus)
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This map shows the distribution of the species based on my records:

Hod Hill

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Portland Bill

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Purbeck Ridge (West Hill and Knowle Hill)

Purbeck Ridge (Ridgeway Hill and Steeple Hill)

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Kingston and Houns-tout Cliff

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4

St Adhelms Head and Emmetts Hill

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Winspit

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Purbeck Ridge (Nine Barrow Down)

No Public Access, Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Durlston Country Park

Dorset Council, National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Purbeck Ridge (Corfe East Hill)

Ballard Down

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Hambledon Hill National Nature Reserve

National Trust, National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
1

Fontmell Down Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Hog Cliff National Nature Reserve

National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Valley of Stones National Nature Reserve

National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Tout Quarry Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Bindon Hill

Open Access
3

Cashmoor Down

Open Access
3

Chalbury Hill

Site of Scientific Interest
2

Giant Hill

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
2
These are the National Vegetation Classification codes associated with this species:
NVC Codes Description Phase 1 Categories Description
The number of records for each month for this species; it gives an idea of the best time to see it (although for plants this does not necessarily mean it was in flower):
Month No of Records
05: May 1
06: June 1
07: July 1
08: August 1
These are the sites where I have found this species:
Site Notes Record Date Report Date
Ballard Down

Numerous on the grassy slopes

26-05-13
Bindon Hill

Frequent

29-08-13
Cashmoor Down

See Butterfly Conservation website

Chalbury Hill

Several

14-06-17
Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove

Frequent

15-07-12
Durlston Country Park

Several

Fontmell Down Nature Reserve

Several

Giant Hill

Present

Hambledon Hill National Nature Reserve

Numerous

SSSI Notification

Hod Hill

Several

Hog Cliff National Nature Reserve

SSSI Notification

Kingston and Houns-tout Cliff

Present

SSSI Notification

Portland Bill

Present

Purbeck Ridge (Corfe East Hill)

Several

Purbeck Ridge (Nine Barrow Down)

Present

Purbeck Ridge (Ridgeway Hill and Steeple Hill)

Several

Purbeck Ridge (West Hill and Knowle Hill)

Present

St Adhelms Head and Emmetts Hill

Present

Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Present

Tout Quarry Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust website

Valley of Stones National Nature Reserve

SSSI Notification

SSSI Notification

Winspit

Present