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Holly Blue

Upperside

  • Both sexes are bright blue and female has a distinctive thick black band around the wing edge, this is not very prominent in the male

Underside

  • Pale silvery-blue with small black dots but no orange spots
Size

Small

Distribution

Widespread in England and Wales, rarer in Scotland and Ireland

Habitat

A common garden visitor, also seen in parks, churchyards, hedgerows and woodland rides

 

Similar Species

Chalkhill Blue (male), Common Blue (male) and Silver-studded Blue (male) have all got brown undersides with large black spots and orange markings


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