Re. Adonis Blue Queery

Just to confirm Michael Spencer's answer to Richard Cleverly's query about a possible Adonis Blue in his Garden (posted 25.7.17), it is a Common Blue. Looking at the photo you can see a clear white border on the wings. Adonis shows black lines where the veins in the wings cross the border (incidentaly the upper wings of a male Adonis really flash electric, luminous, sky blue).

As Michael correctly mentioned, the location makes it extremely unlikely unless Bobs garden is near chalk downland with short grazed grass and plenty of Kidney Vetch, Adonis Blue's larval food plant. The only known location for Adonis Blue in Devon is Hooken Undercliff, Branscombe, where a small colony re-emerged about 10 yrs ago.

Posted July 26th, 2017 at 10:57 pm by Dave Holloway in Other Wildlife