Rare blue butterflies on the wing

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Wednesday 7th May 2008

Female Holly Blue (©Mark Robinson)Gardeners and wildlife watchers are being asked to keep a look out for a rare blue butterfly this month. The Holly Blue is a striking species which is relatively common throughout much of England but is rare in Scotland. After several sightings in Dumfries and Galloway in 2007, the first sighting of the year has been reported on 6 May - just a few yards from the DGERC office.

Holly Blue (©Jannes Pockele)The species favours holly and ivy though can be seen flying around shrubs and low trees. It is just as likely to appear in gardens as it is in nature reserves so everyone should keep a look out and report any sightings. Although often very active, when it settles it displays its pale underwings. The only other blue butterfly found in the region is the Common Blue which emerges towards the end of May and into June and is typically found in grassland habitats particularly where Bird's-foot Trefoil grows.

Please report any sightings to DGERC or direct to Richard Sutcliffe the regional butterfly recorder.