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Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus). Most common of our blue butterflies. It frequents all kinds of open grassland and heath. Its caterpillars feed on clovers and other peaflowers. The butterflies are seen from May to September. The upper surface of the wings of the male are iridescent lilac blue with a thin black border; the females' upper wing surfaces are brown with a row of red spots along the edges

By Brian Chivers LRPS
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