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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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27 May, 2015

Brown Argus: the brown blue | Nature Notes from Dorset

The brown argus (Aricia agestis) is far from common and was, for many years, thought to be in decline because of its dependance on chalk and limestone grassland. However, more recently, it seems to have adapted to other habitats and so now appears to be seen a little more and in more varied places.
Despite being brown it is a member of the blues! The females of many blue butterflies are brown but the brown argus is quite a small butterfly; both sexes have a deep brown colouring to the wings and has very clearly defined orange dots that go along the complete edges of the wings.

Read more: Brown Argus: the brown blue | Nature Notes from Dorset