Brown argus - Aricia agestis


Family: Lycaenidae

Flight Time: April-October.

Size: 22-28mm

Altitude: 0-1700m


Taken in Grovely woods near Salisbury in Dorset, UK. Difficult to get enough depth of focus for the underwing and the far wing. This one turned out nicely though, standard 28-80mm macro used, a bit of luck perhaps ?

Female Common blues, Polyommatus icarus can be very similar but usually have a little blue on the wings near the body. The Mountain argus Aricia artaxerxes is very similar, distributional information can be used though.


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Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution


Rock rose - Helianthemum, Storksbill - Erodium

Grassy flowery places on calcareous soils.

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