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Butterfly Conservation
Hertfordshire & Middlesex Branch
Saving butterflies, moths and our environment

Lycanenidae 3 - Polyommatinae
(The 'Blues')

All the pictures of British 'blues' shown on the Sightings page

Links to species on this page . . .
Long-tailed Blue (Lampides boeticus)
Small Blue (Cupido minimus)
Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)
Large Blue (Maculinea arion)
Silver-studded Blue (Plebejus argus)
Brown Argus (Aricia agestis)
Northern Brown Argus (Aricia artaxerxes)
Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)
Adonis Blue (Polyommatus bellargus)
Chalkhill Blue (Polyommatus coridon)
Lycanenidae 1 - Lycaeninae - Coppers
Lycanenidae 2 - Theclinae - Hairstreaks
Photo Library Index



Species Name

Scientific Name

Branch Status

61.008 BF1567 - Long-tailed Blue

Lampides boeticus

Vagrant

Long-tailed Blue 2002 - Nick Sampford

Long-tailed Blue 2002 - Nick Sampford

Long-tailed Blue 2002 - Nick Sampford

Long-tailed Blue seen in Cley, Norfolk 20th July 2002
© photo: Nick Sampford



Species Name

Scientific Name

Branch Status

61.010 BF1569 - Small Blue

Cupido minimus

Recolonised several sites in Hertfordshire

Small Blue 2010 - Paul Thrush

Small Blue 2010 - Steve Kiln

Small Blue 2010 - Steve Kiln

Small Blue 21.06.10
Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Paul Thrush
Small Blue
fields beneath Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Steve Kiln
Small Blue
fields beneath Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Steve Kiln

Small Blue 2010 - Robin Pearson

Small Blue 2010 - Robin Pearson

Small Blue 2010 - Robin Pearson

Bedfordshire
© photo: Robin Pearson
Bedfordshire
© photo: Robin Pearson
Bedfordshire
© photo: Robin Pearson

Small Blue 2010 - Paul Thrush

Small Blue 2009 - Darin Stanley

Small Blue 2009 - Darin Stanley

Small Blue 21.06.10
Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Paul Thrush
Telegraph Hill 2009
© photo: Darin Stanley
Telegraph Hill 2009
© photo: Darin Stanley

Small Blue 2006 - Malcolm Hull

Small Blue 2006 - Malcolm Hull

Small Blue 2006 - Malcolm Hull

Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Malcolm Hull
Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Malcolm Hull
Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Malcolm Hull

Small Blue 2006 - Andrew Palmer

Small Blue 2006 - Andrew Palmer

Small Blue 2006 - Andrew Palmer

Bedfordshire
© photo: Andrew Palmer
Bedfordshire
© photo: Andrew Palmer
Bedfordshire
© photo: Andrew Palmer

Small Blue mating 2006 - Sandra Standbridge

Small Blue 2006 - Steve Lane

Small Blue 2006 - Steve Lane

mating pair
Bedfordshire
© photo: Sandra Standbridge
Martin Down
© photo: Steve Lane
Martin Down
© photo: Steve Lane

Small Blue 2003 - Allen Beechey

Small Blue 2003 - Allen Beechey

Small Blue 2005 - Lee Browne

College Lake, nr Tring
© photo: Allen Beechey
College Lake, nr Tring
© photo: Allen Beechey
Dorset
© photo: Lee Browne

Small Blue 2005 - Colin Sturges

Small Blue 2004 - Trevor Chapman

Small Blue 2003 - Nick Sampford

College Lakes, nr Tring
© photo: Colin Sturges

© photo: Trevor Chapman

© photo: Nick Sampford

Small Blue 2001 - Nick Sampford

Small Blue mating pair 2005 - Sandra Standbridge

Small Blue mating pair 2001 - Andrew Middleton

Dorset
© photo: Nick Sampford
Bedfordshire
© photo: Sandra Standbridge
Dorset
© photo: Andrew Middleton



Species Name

Scientific Name

Branch Status

61.012 BF1580 - Holly Blue

Celastrina argiolus

Resident

Holly Blue larva on buckthorn 2007 - Andrew Middleton

larva on Alder Buckthorn, Ponders End
© photo: Andrew Middleton

Holly Blue 2011 - Robin Pearson

Holly Blue 2011 - Dave Miller

Harpenden
© photo: Robin Pearson
Stanwell Moor
© photo: Dave Miller

Holly Blue 2011 - Archie Lang

Holly Blue 2011 - Archie Lang

Holly Blue 2011 - Archie Lang

sheltering Holly Blue
Watford
© photo: Archie Lang
sheltering Holly Blue day 2
Watford
© photo: Archie Lang
sheltering Holly Blue day 2
Watford
© photo: Archie Lang

Holly Blue 2010 - Helen George

Holly Blue 2010 - Dave Miller

Holly Blue 2010 - Alessandro Giusti

Holly Blue
Hayes
© photo: Helen George
Stanwell Moor
© photo: Dave Miller
Greenford garden
© photo: Alessandro Giusti

Holly Blue 2009 - Val Fullforth

Holly Blue 2009 - Val Fullforth

Holly Blue 2009 - Dave Miller

Hitchin
© photo: Val Fullforth
Hitchin
© photo: Val Fullforth
River Colne to Jnct 4 M25 walk
© photo: Dave Miller

Holly Blue 2006 - Ian Hardy

Holly Blue 2008 - Sezar Hikmet

Holly Blue 2010 - Brian Knight

Stevenage
© photo: Ian Hardy
Colne Valley Park
© photo: Sezar Hikmet
St Albans
© photo: Brian Knight

Holly Blue 2006 - Sandra Standbridge

Holly Blue 2007 - Mark Barclay

Holly Blue 2007 - Robin Pearson

Fishers Green
© photo: Sandra Standbridge
Buckhurst Hill
© photo: Mark Barclay
Harpenden
© photo: Robin Pearson

Holly Blue 2001 - Nick Sampford

Holly Blue 2002 - Andrew Wood

Holly Blue 2005 - Lee Browne

Thundridge
© photo: Nick Sampford
Bengeo
© photo: Andrew Wood
Stevenage
© photo: Lee Browne

Holly Blue 2005 - Richard Bigg

Holly Blue 2005 - Steve Lane

Holly Blue 2005 - Steve Lane

Hertford
© photo: Richard Bigg
Wheathampstead
© photo: Trevor Chapman
Stevenage
© photo: Steve Lane

Holly Blue 2005 - Andrew Wood

Holly Blue 2005 - Richard Bigg

Holly Blue 2005 - Archie Lang

Balls Wood
© photo: Andrew Wood
Hertford
© photo: Richard Bigg

© photo: Archie Lang



Species Name

Scientific Name

Branch Status

61.013 BF1581 - Large Blue

Maculinea arion

Non-Resident

Large Blue 2005 - Steve Lane

Large Blue egg 2004 - Nick Sampford

Large Blue 2002 - Liz Goodyear

West Country
© photo: Steve Lane
egg - West Country 2004
© photo: Nick Sampford
West Country
© photo: Liz Goodyear

Large Blue 2004 - Nick Sampford

Large Blue 2002 - Nick Sampford

Large Blue 2005 - Steve Lane

West Country
© photo: Nick Sampford
West Country
© photo: Nick Sampford
West Country
© photo: Steve Lane

Large Blue 2002 - Liz Goodyear

Large Blue 2006 - Steve Lane

Large Blue 2007 - Darin Stanley

West Country
© photo: Liz Goodyear
2006
© photo: Steve Lane
2007
© photo: Darin Stanley



Species Name

Scientific Name

Branch Status

61.014 BF1571 - Silver-studded Blue

Plebejus argus

No modern records

Silver-studded Blue 2006 - Steve Lane

Silver-studded Blue 2006 - Steve Lane

© photo: Steve Lane © photo: Steve Lane

Silver-studded Blue 2001 - Nick Sampford

Silver-studded Blue 2002 - Nick Sampford

Silver-studded Blue 2002 - Alan Reynolds

Hampshire
© photo: Nick Sampford
Hampshire
© photo: Nick Sampford
Surrey
© photo: Alan Reynolds

Silver-studded Blue 2004 - Clive Burrows

Silver-studded Blue 2001 - Nick Sampford


© photo: Clive Burrows
Hampshire
© photo: Nick Sampford





Species Name

Scientific Name

Branch Status

61.015 BF1572 - Brown Argus

Aricia agestis

Resident

Brown Argus 2011 - Lee Browne

Brown Argus 2011 - Lee Browne

Stevenage
© photo: Lee Browne
Stevenage
© photo: Lee Browne

Brown Argus 2010 - Dave Miller

Brown Argus 2010 - Dave Miller

Brown Argus 2010 - Dave Miller

Stanwell Moor
© photo: Dave Miller
Stanwell Moor
© photo: Dave Miller
Stanwell Moor
© photo: Dave Miller

Brown Argus 2010 - Dave Miller

Brown Argus 2010 - Dave Miller

Brown Argus 2010 - Val Fullforth

Harmondsworth Moor
© photo: Dave Miller
Stanwell Moor
© photo: Dave Miller
Wood Lane, Pirton
© photo: Val Fullforth

Brown Argus 2009 - Clare Gray

Brown Argus 2009 - Clare Gray

Brown Argus 2010 - Roger Morton

Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Clare Gray (HMWT)
Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Clare Gray (HMWT)
(showing clear idenfication features)
Brunel Bicentenary Gardens
© photo: Roger Morton

Brown Argus 2009 - Robin Pearson

Brown Argus 2008 -  Andrew Steele

Brown Argus 2008 -  David Gompertz

Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Robin Pearson
Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Andrew Steele
Fir & Pond Wood HMWT
© photo: David Gompertz

Brown Argus 2008 - Paul Thrush

Brown Argus  2008 - Paul Thrush

Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Paul Thrush
Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Paul Thrush

Brown Argus 2007 - Dave Mackenzie

Brown Argus 2007 - Steve Lane

Brown Argus 2007 - Steve Lane

Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Dave Mackenzie
Stevenage
© photo: Steve Lane
Stevenage
© photo: Steve Lane

Brown Argus 2006 - Steve Pash

Brown Argus 2006 - Steve Pash

Roosting Brown Argus 2007 - Tim Hill

Uxbridge, Middlesex
© photo: Steve Pash
Uxbridge, Middlesex
© photo: Steve Pash
Waterford Heath
© photo: Tim Hill

Brown Argus 2006 - Glen Barnes

Brown Argus 2006 - Sandra Standbridge

Brown Argus 2006 - Glen Barnes

Bricket Wood
© photo: Glen Barnes
Fishers Green
© photo: Sandra Standbridge
Bricket Wood
© photo: Glen Barnes

Brown Argus 2005 - Colin Sturges

Brown Argus 2005 - Steve Lane

Brown Argus 2005 - Steve Lane

Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Colin Sturges

Great Ashby Park, Stevenage
© photo: Steve Lane

Stevenage
© photo: Steve Lane

Brown Argus 2005 - Steve Lane

Brown Argus 2004 - Sandra Standbridge

Brown Argus 2005 - Steve Lane

Stevenage
© photo: Steve Lane

Bedfordshire
© photo: Sandra Standbridge

Great Ashby Park, Stevenage
© photo: Steve Lane

Brown Argus 2005 - Malcolm Hull

Brown Argus 2005 - Ian Hardy

Brown Argus 2005 - Andrew Wood

Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Malcolm Hull

Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Ian Hardy

near Bramfield
© photo: Andrew Wood

Brown Argus 2005 - Andrew Wood

Brown Argus 2005 - Andrew Gaskin

Brown Argus mating pair - Sandra Standbridge

near Bramfield
© photo: Andrew Wood

Therfield Heath
© photo: Andrew Gaskin

Bedfordshire
© photo: Sandra Standbridge

Brown Argus 2004 - Lee Browne

Brown Argus 2004 - Trevor Chapman

Brown Argus 2003 - Nick Sampford

an unusual form
Knebworth area
© photo: Lee Browne

Bedfordshire
© photo: Trevor Chapman


© photo: Nick Sampford

Brown Argus 2003 - Allen Beechey

Brown Argus 2001 - Nick Sampford

Brown Argus 2004 - Sandra Standbridge

Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Allen Beechey


© photo: Nick Sampford

Bedfordshire
© photo: Sandra Standbridge

Brown Argus 2005 - Malcolm Hull

Brown Argus 2006 - David Gompertz

Brown Argus 2007 - Martin Parr

Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Malcolm Hull
Fir & Pond Wood
© photo: David Gompertz
Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Martin Parr




Species Name

Scientific Name

Branch Status

61.016 BF1573 - Northern Brown Argus

Aricia artaxerxes

Non-Resident

Northern Brown Argus 2005 - Nick Sampford

Northern Brown Argus 2001 - Nick Sampford

Northern Brown Argus 2006 - Steve Lane


© photo: Nick Sampford
Cumbria
© photo: Nick Sampford

© photo: Steve Lane



Species Name

Scientific Name

Branch Status

61.018 BF1574 - Common Blue

Polyommatus icarus

Resident

Common Blue larvae 2004 - Andrew Middleton

larva - about 3mm long
(26th September 2004)
Sewardstone
© photo: Andrew Middleton

Common Blue 2010 - Malcolm Newland

Common Blue 2010 - Malcolm Newland

Common Blue 2010 - Malcolm Newland

Hemel Hempstead garden
© photo: Malcolm Newland
Hemel Hempstead garden
© photo: Malcolm Newland
Hemel Hempstead garden
© photo: Malcolm Newland

Common Blue 2010 - Paul Thrush

Common Blue 2010 - David Gower

Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Paul Thrush
Aldbury Nowers
© photo: David Gower

Common Blue 2010 - Dave Miller

Common Blue 2010 - Dave Miller

Common Blue 2010 - Dave Miller

Stanwell Moor
© photo: Dave Miller
With spider
Stanwell Moor
© photo: Dave Miller
Stanwell Moor
© photo: Dave Miller

Common Blue 2009 - Dave Miller

Common Blue 2010 - Dave Miller

Common Blue 2010 - Dave Miller

River Colne to Jnct 4 M25 walk
© photo: Dave Miller
Stanwell Moor
© photo: Dave Miller
Stanwell Moor
© photo: Dave Miller

Common Blue 2010 - Dave Miller

Common Blue 2010 - Dave Miller

Common Blue 2010 - Dave Miller

male
Harmondsworth Moor
© photo: Dave Miller
female
Harmondsworth Moor
© photo: Dave Miller
female
Harmondsworth Moor
© photo: Dave Miller

Common Blue 2008 - Helen George

Common Blue 2009 - Robin Pearson

Common Blue 2009 - Robin Pearson

Dorset
© photo: Helen George
Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Robin Pearson
Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Robin Pearson

Common Blue 2007 - Steve Lane

Common Blue 2007 - Dave Mackenzie

Common Blue 2008 -  Andrew Steele

Stevenage
© photo: Steve Lane
Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Dave Mackenzie
Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Andrew Steele

Common Blue 2006 - David Gompertz

Common Blue 2006 - Sandra Standbridge

Common Blue 2007 - Ian Hardy

Fir & Pond Wood HMWT
© photo: David Gompertz
Fishers Green
© photo: Sandra Standbridge
Frogmore
© photo: Ian Hardy

Common Blue 2005 - Andrew Wood

Common Blue 2004 - Richard Bigg

Common Blue 2005 - Steve Lane

Balls Wood
© photo: Andrew Wood

nr Hertford
© photo: Richard Bigg

Stevenage
© photo: Steve Lane

Common Blue 2003 - Nick Sampford

Common Blue 2003 - Allen Beechey

Common Blue 2003 - Bob Clift


© photo: Nick Sampford


© photo: Allen Beechey

St. Michael's Mead, Bishops Stortford
© photo: Bob Clift

Common Blue 2003 - Allen Beechey

Common Blue 2005 - Andrew  Gaskin

Common Blue 2003 - Allen Beechey


© photo: Allen Beechey

Pirton
© photo: Andrew Gaskin


© photo: Allen Beechey

Common Blue 2002 - Nick Sampford

Common Blue 2003 - Allen Beechey

Common Blue 2001 - Nick Sampford

Martin Down, nr Salisbury
© photo: Nick Sampford

2nd Brood
© photo: Allen Beechey

Martin Down, nr Salisbury
© photo: Nick Sampford

Common Blue 2003 - Bob Clift

Common Blue 2004 - Sandra Standbridge

Common Blue 2005 - David Newland

St. Michael's Mead, Bishops Stortford
© photo: Bob Clift

Cornmill Meadow
© photo: Sandra Standbridge

Hemel Hempstead
© photo: David Newland

Common Blue 2005 - Lee Browne

Common Blue 2005 - Steve Lane

Common Blue 2005 - Colin Sturges


© photo: Lee Browne

Stevenage
© photo: Steve Lane

College Lakes, nr Tring
© photo: Colin Sturges

Usual Common Blue 2001 - Andrew Middleton

Unusual Common Blue 2001 - Andrew Middleton

Unusual Common Blue 2001 - Andrew Middleton

Usual form Common Blue 2001
© photo: Andrew Middleton

Unusual form Common Blue 2001
© photo: Andrew Middleton

Unusual form Common Blue 2001
© photo: Andrew Middleton

Unusual Common Blue 2001 - Andrew Middleton

Ab Common Blue 2005 - Andrew Middleton

Common Blue 2002 - Nick Sampford

Unusual form Common Blue 2001
© photo: Andrew Middleton

lacking inner dot on under-forewing
(as per brown argus) 2005
Brimsdown
© photo: Andrew Middleton


© photo: Nick Sampford




Species Name

Scientific Name

Branch Status

61.019 BF1576 - Adonis Blue

Polyommatus bellargus

Once resident - now extinct

Adonis Blue 2006 - Sandra Standbridge

Adonis Blue 2007 - Bob Cripps

Adonis Blue 2007 - Bob Cripps

Dorset
© photo: Sandra Standbridge
female
Buckinghamshire
© photo: Bob Cripps
female
Buckinghamshire
© photo: Bob Cripps

Female Adonis Blue 2006 - Sandra Standbridge

Adonis Blue 2006 - Steve Lane

Adonis Blue 2006 -Steve Lane

Dorset
© photo: Sandra Standbridge
Isle of Wight
© photo: Steve Lane
Isle of Wight
© photo: Steve Lane

Adonis Blue 2006 - Steve Lane

Adonis Blue 2004 - Lee Browne


© photo: Steve Lane
Dorset
© photo: Lee Browne
Dorset
© photo: Sandra Standbridge

Adonis Blue 2001 - Nick Sampford

Adonis Blue 2002 - Nick Sampford

Adonis Blue 2001 - David Chandler

Dorset
© photo: Nick Sampford

© photo: Nick Sampford
Surrey
© photo: David Chandler

Adonis Blue 2002 - Nick Sampford

Adonis Blue 2001 - David Chandler

Adonis Blue 2006 - Sandra Standbridge

Dorset
© photo: Nick Sampford
Surrey
© photo: David Chandler
Dorset
© photo: Sandra Standbridge

Adonis Blue was last recorded in Hertfordshire in 1959 (Sawford, 1987)


Species Name

Scientific Name

Branch Status

Chalkhill Blue

Polyommatus coridon

Restricted resident

Chalkhill Blue 2010 - Paul Thrush

female
Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Paul Thrush

Chalkhill Blue 2010 - David Gower

Chalkhill Blue 2010 - David Gower

Chalkhill Blue 2010 - David Gower

Aldbury Nowers
© photo: David Gower
female
Aldbury Nowers
© photo: David Gower
Aldbury Nowers
© photo: David Gower

Chalkhill Blue 2010 - David Gower

Chalkhill Blue 2010 - Paul Thrush

Chalkhill Blue 2010 - Paul Thrush

Aldbury Nowers
© photo: David Gower
Aldbury Nowers
© photo: Paul Thrush
Hexton
© photo: Paul Thrush

Chalk-hill Blue 2005 - Ian Woiwod

Chalk-hill Blue 2004 - Ian Woiwod

Chalk-hill Blues 2006 - Steve Lane

Hexton
© photo: Ian Woiwod
Hexton
© photo: Ian Woiwod
Hexton
© photo: Steve Lane

Chalkhill Blues 2006 - Ian Hardy

Chalk-hill Blue 2007 - Darin Stanley

Chalk-hill Blue 2007 - Darin Stanley

Hexton
© photo: Ian Hardy
Hexton
© photo: Darin Stanley
Hexton
© photo: Darin Stanley

Chalk-hill Blue 2006 - Geoff Horn

Chalk-hill Blue 2006 - Geoff Horn

Chalk-hill Blue 2006 - Geoff Horn

Hexton
© photo: Geoff Horn
Hexton© photo: Geoff Horn Hexton© photo: Geoff Horn

Chalk-hill Blue 2006 - Alan Reynolds

Chalk-hill Blue 2006 - Alan Reynolds

Chalk-hill Blue 2006 - Alan Reynolds

Kingsmead, Ware
© photo: Alan Reynolds
Kingsmead, Ware
© photo: Alan Reynolds
Kingsmead, Ware
© photo: Alan Reynolds

Chalk-hill Blue 2003 - Allen Beechey

Chalk-hill Blue 2001 - Nick Sampford

Chalk-hill Blue 2005 - Clare Gray


© photo: Allen Beechey
Therfield Heath, nr Royston
© photo: Nick Sampford
Therfield Heath, nr Royston
© photo: Clare Gray

Chalk-hill Blue 2004 - Glen Barnes

Chalk-hill Blue 2004 - Glen Barnes

Chalk-hill Blue 2001 - Nick Sampford

Aldbury Nowers 2004
© photo: Glen Barnes
Aldbury Nowers 2004
© photo: Glen Barnes
Therfield Heath, nr Royston
© photo: Nick Sampford

Chalk-hill Blue 2005 - Clare Gray

Chalk-hill Blue 2005 - Clare Gray

Chalk-hill Blue 2001 - Nick Sampford

Therfield Heath, nr Royston
© photo: Clare Gray
Therfield Heath, nr Royston
© photo: Clare Gray
Therfield Heath, nr Royston
© photo: Nick Sampford

Chalk-hill Blue mating pair 2004 - Glen Barnes

Chalk-hill Blue 2005 - June Crew

Chalk-hill Blue 2005 - June Crew

mating pair
Pitstone Hill 2004
© photo: Glen Barnes
a variable Chalk-hill Blue
Therfield Heath, nr Royston
© photo: June Crew
a variable Chalk-hill Blue
Therfield Heath, nr Royston
© photo: June Crew

Chalk-hill Blue 2005 - Richard Bigg

Chalk-hill Blue 2005 - Richard Bigg

Chalk-hill Blue - Clare Gray

showing only two spots across the base of the hind wing close to the body
nr Pirton 2005
© photo: Richard Bigg
showing only two spots across the base of the hind wing close to the body
nr Pirton 2005
© photo: Richard Bigg
Therfield Heath, nr Royston
© photo: Clare Gray



Long-tailed Blue (Lampides boeticus)
Small Blue (Cupido minimus)
Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)
Large Blue (Maculinea arion)
Silver-studded Blue (Plebejus argus)
Brown Argus (Aricia agestis)
Northern Brown Argus (Aricia artaxerxes)
Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)
Adonis Blue (Polyommatus bellargus)
Chalkhill Blue (Polyommatus coridon)
Lycanenidae 1 - Lycaeninae - Coppers
Lycanenidae 2 - Theclinae - Hairstreaks
Photo Library Index

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