Small blue - Cupido minimus

Female upperside.  

Family: Lycaenidae

Flight Time: April / May.

Size: 16-24mm

Altitude: 50-2800m


The female of the species (above in Valais) is completely black, where as the male has a light dusting of blue scales. A local species in the UK it is quite widespread throughout Europe, except S. Spain where it is replaced by similar species, e.g. Lorquin's blue Cupido lorquinii.

The photos below were taken at Martin down, a nature reserve in Dorset, rich in downland species, especially those of Lycaenidae. 

Male upperside



Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution

Cupido lorquinii

Anthyllis vulneraria


Small blue distribution

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Early Stages






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