Small Blue: hide and seek | Nature Notes from Dorset

The small blue (Cupido minimus) is certainly a small butterfly; indeed it is the smallest British butterfly with each wing is little more than 1/4 inch across so my photo may be a little misleading. Whilst it is small it is not blue however! This is the male which has just a hint of blue on a charcoal background whereas the female lacks the hint of blue altogether. It has no other markings on the upper side of the wing but does have the light coloured border like most of the other members of the family. 
Small blues are hard to find for a variety of reasons.

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