Seeking your help


Hello All

I realise that you are all keen photographers, but I would like to draw on your collective knowledge regarding butterflies.

I pictured this specimen last week end. I have tried searching and believe it to be an Adonis Blue. From the info that I have found these appear quite rare, but the sighting map shows that the vast majority of sightings are in the very Southern counties.

I am quite excited at the moment as this picture was taken in the outskirts of Leeds.

Does anyone know if these butterflies usually travel into the “frozen North?”


7 Jun, 2011
robashfield said:

Hi steve,i'm no expert,but looking at the butterfly site I use,it most certainly looks like one. Great capture,whatever it is!!

7 Jun, 2011
aster said:

Wonderful pic Steve. I agree with Rob and may I suggest you contact Butterfly Conservation in the Leeds area. They would I'm sure want to monitor any populations in th North.

7 Jun, 2011
bonkersbon said:

Great capture Steve .. a remarkable one if it were an Adonis as reported to be almost exclusive to South eastern chalk downs.

Most likely a Common blue as can be found anywhere throughout the country but certainly worth following Asters advice.

There is a link at ukbutterflies/species.php?vernacular_name=Common%20Blue which allows good comparison images of the 2 together.Apparently the Adonis has a distinct check marking to the white wing fringe.

7 Jun, 2011
aster said:

That looks pretty conclusive BB,sorry Steve :(
Keep looking though :)

7 Jun, 2011
steveb said:

Yeah I think I am going to have to settle for a common blue. I thought that it was too good to be true. I was hoping that the plant was horseshoe vetch, which is apparently a common staple of the Adonis.

I have a friend who works for British Waterways and a colleague of his who is a "Conservation Ecologist" would like to take a look. I will send it to him but with my revised thoughts.

Thanks very much for your input everyone, it is very much appreciated.

Happy watching everyone, there's something happening wherever you look at the moment.

8 Jun, 2011
littlewren said:

fanatastic photo and sighting....I am further north again and have never seen this beauty....I hate its name as I think it is anything but common......

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