Silver-studded Blues at Prees Heath, Shropshire. UK

A nice warm and sunny day here in Shropshire so we took the opportunity to head off to Prees Heath where our main target was the Silver-studded Blue butterfly.

Prees Heath, Shropshire home to the Silver-studded Blue Butterfly.

Prees Heath, Shropshire home to the Silver-studded Blue Butterfly.

We were not to be dissapointed, hundreds of these stunning little butterflies were on the wing landing and feeding on the bell heather which patchily adorns the heath.

Male Silver-studded Blue butterfly on Bell Heather.

Male Silver-studded Blue butterfly on Bell Heather.

Silver-studded Blues have a patchy distribution in the Southern half of the UK, they are usually found wihin heathland which is not too overgrown and sometimes limestone and chalk grassland. Their name comes from the reflective scales found on the underside of most adults which is quite obvious when light reflects off them. They are single brooded and fly from June to August.

Male and female Silver-studded Blues.

Male and female Silver-studded Blues.

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