Butterfly and Moth Pictures By Species: Lyceanidae


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Lyceanidae

Adonis Blue

This species is the same size as a Common Blue. The males afre hard to tell apart, but have a more prominent white fringe with distinctive dark veins. This applies to the females too, but the Adonis Blue females are darker and less brown looking than the Common Blue females. This butterfly is much rarer than the Common Blue, but where colonies do occur (South facing chalk slopes with Horseshoe Vetch) it can appear in quite large numbers. 2nd June 2006 at Denbies Hillside was particularly spectacular with up to 1000 individuals present on one relatively small slope.


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2nd June 2006 - Male
Denbies Hillside
2nd June 2006 - Male
Denbies Hillside
2nd June 2006 - Female
Denbies Hillside
2nd June 2006 - Female
Denbies Hillside
2nd June 2006 - Colony
Denbies Hillside
2nd June 2006 - Female
Denbies Hillside

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2nd June 2006 - Male
Denbies Hillside
2nd June 2006 - Female
Denbies Hillside
2nd June 2006 - Colony
Denbies Hillside
2nd June 2006 - Female
Denbies Hillside
2nd June 2006 - Female
Denbies Hillside
2nd June 2006 - Female
Denbies Hillside

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2nd June 2006 - Male
Denbies Hillside
2nd June 2006 - Male
Denbies Hillside
2nd June 2006 - Male
Denbies Hillside

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9th May 2009 - Same Butterfly (Male)
Denbies Hillside
9th May 2009 - Same Butterfly (Female)
Denbies Hillside
9th May 2009 - Same Butterfly (Male)
Denbies Hillside
9th May 2009 - Same Butterfly (Male)
Denbies Hillside
9th May 2009 - Male (Left)
Denbies Hillside

Black Hairstreak

A couple of mm bigger than Green Hairstreak, this is quite a rare butterfly. Much of the time it stays high up in trees such as Buckthorn but will come down to nectar on bramble, privet and so on when conditions are right.


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17th June 2007 - Same Butterfly.
Glapthorn Cow Pasture

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17th June 2007 - Same Butterfly.
Glapthorn Cow Pasture
17th June 2007 - Same Butterfly.
Glapthorn Cow Pasture

Brown Argus

This butterfly looks very similar to the female Common Blue. It looks slightly smaller and duller than the male Common Blue in flight. Compared to the female Common Blue it has a different spot pattern on the underside of the wings, and no hint of blue even on the thorax.


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3rd June 2006
Bison Hill
3rd June 2006 - Same Butterfly
Bison Hill
3rd June 2006
Bison Hill
18th May 2007
Holme Dunes
18th May 2007
Holme Dunes

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18th May 2007
Holme Dunes
18th May 2007
Holme Dunes
3rd June 2007
Sharpenhoe Clappers
30th July 2007 - Same Butterfly
Horsenden Hill

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8th August 2007 - Same Butterfly
Horsenden Hill
9th May 2009
Denbies Hillside
9th May 2009 - Mating Pair
Denbies Hillside
4th May 2011
Elstree

Brown Hairstreak

A couple of mm bigger than Green Hairstreak, this is another rare butterfly. This one likes Blackthorn but will come down to nectar on plants such as Thistle and Angelica. Like the Purple Hairstreaks this one does bask. However I have yet to get a shot of an open-winged one.


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10th August 2007 - Same Butterfly.
Hell Coppice, Oakley Wood
8th August 2009
Whitecross Green Wood

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14th August 2016 - Male
Shipton Bellinger
14th August 2016 - Male
Shipton Bellinger
14th August 2016 - Same Butterfly (Female)
Shipton Bellinger

Chalkhill Blue

This species is just slightly bigger than the Common Blue and seems to exhibit very similar behaviour. Chalkhill Blue colonies seem to be denser than Common Blue colonies too. Males are blue but females are more brown in colour.


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18th July 2005 - Male
Sharpenhoe Clappers
18th July 2005 - Male
Sharpenhoe Clappers
14th July 2007 - Same Butterfly (Male)
Sharpenhoe Clappers
4th August 2007 - Same Butterfly (Male)
Bald Hill, Aston Rowant

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10th August 2007 - Male
Ivinghoe Beacon
10th August 2007 - Same Butterfly (Female)
Ivinghoe Beacon
15th July 2009 - Same Butterfly (Male)
Ivinghoe Beacon

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24th July 2011 - Male
Sharpenhoe Clappers
24th July 2011 - Same Butterfly (Male)
Sharpenhoe Clappers
4th August 2012 - Male
Dunstable Downs

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21st July 2013 - Male
Sharpenhoe Clappers
21st July 2013 - Male
Sharpenhoe Clappers
19th July 2015 - Same Butterfly (Male)
Aston Rowant NNR

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9th August 2015 - Same Butterfly (Male)
Dunstable Downs.

Common Blue

This species is very small, at about 2cm across in size. It seems to love clover.


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30th May 2003 - Male
Stockley Park
3rd June 2003 - Male
Stockley Park
4th June 2003 - Same Butterfly (Female).
Stockley Park
5th June 2003 - Male from the side.
Stockley Park
9th June 2003 - Male
Stockley Park

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5th September 2003 - Same Butterfly (Female).
Stockley Park
8th June 2004 - Male
Stockley Park
9th June 2004 - Male
Stockley Park
10th June 2004 - Male
Stockley Park
10th June 2004 - Male
Stockley Park
21st August 2004 - Female
Lasham Airfield

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20th July 2005 - Female
Lasham Airfield
4th August 2005 - Male
Barnhill
4th August 2005 - Same Butterfly (Male).
Barnhill
28th August 2005 - Same Butterfly (Male).
Bicester Airfield

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28th August 2005 - Same Butterfly (Female).
Bicester Airfield
28th August 2005 - Same Butterfly (Female).
Bicester Airfield
28th August 2005 - Female
Bicester Airfield
3rd June 2006 - Male
Bison Hill

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3rd June 2006 - Female
Bison Hill
3rd June 2006 - Female
Bison Hill
3rd June 2006 - Male
Bison Hill
3rd June 2006 - Mating Pair
Bison Hill
18th May 2007 - Male
Holme Dunes
18th May 2007 - Male
Holme Dunes

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3rd June 2007 - Female
Sharpenhoe Clappers
17th June 2007 - Same Butterfly (Male)
Fineshade Woods
10th August 2008 - Same Butterfly (Male)
Aston Rowant
14th August 2008 - Female
Horsenden Hill

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9th May 2009 - Male
Denbies Hillside
9th May 2009 - Same Butterflies (Mating Pair)
Denbies Hillside
8th August 2009 - Same Butterfly (Female)
Whitecross Green Wood

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8th August 2009 - Female
Whitecross Green Wood
26th May 2010 - Same Butterflies (Male Left, Female Right)
Totternhoe / Sewell Cutting
21st May 2014 - Same Butterflies (Female Left, Male Right)
Regents Park
24th June 2014 - Male
Regents Park

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3rd June 2015 - Same Butterfly (Male).
Regents Park
10th June 2015 - Male.
Regents Park
10th June 2015 - Male.
Regents Park
15th June 2015 - Female.
Regents Park
19th June 2016 - Male.
Sharpenhoe Clappers

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19th June 2016 - Female.
Sharpenhoe Clappers
9th July 2016 - Male.
Incombe Hole
3rd August 2016 - Female
Findhorn Dunes
3rd August 2016 - Same Butterfly (Male)
Findhorn Dunes

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3rd August 2016 - Female
Burghead
3rd August 2016 - Female
Burghead
14th August 2016
Shipton Bellinger

Green Hairstreak

This 2-3cm butterfly is similar in size to a Common or Holly Blue. It flies in a similar way to a Common Blue, staying close to the ground. When perched it always keeps its wings closed, but otherwise exhibits behaviour similar to a Holly Blue (like the wiggling of its hind wings). Note the variability of the white spots on the hind wings.


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19th May 2005 - Same Butterfly.
Lasham Airfield
10th May 2006
Bison Hill
25th May 2006
Sharpenhoe Clappers
2nd June 2006
Tugley Wood

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GreenHairstreak2.jpg

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21st April 2007
Bison Hill
21st April 2007
Bison Hill
24th April 2009
Ivinghoe Beacon
24th April 2009
Bison Hill
24th April 2011
Ivinghoe Beacon
13th May 2012
Ivinghoe Beacon

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4th May 2014
Bison Hill
4th May 2014 - Same Butterfly
Bison Hill
4th May 2014
Ivinghoe Beacon
3rd June 2014
Ariundle, Ardnamurchan

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4th June 2014
Grass Point, Isle of Mull
25th April 2015
Ivinghoe Beacon
16th May 2015
Ivinghoe Beacon
16th May 2015
Bison Hill
16th May 2015
Bison Hill

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4th May 2016 - Same Butterfly
Ivinghoe Beacon
27th May 2016
Totternhoe Knolls

Holly Blue

This ~3cm butterfly is a bit bigger than the common blue. The female has dark bands on the top side of its wings.


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26th August 2003
Stockley Park
10th May 2004 - Same Butterfly (Female)
Stockley Park

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13th May 2004 - Same Butterfly (Female)
Stockley Park
7th July 2004 - Same Butterfly (Male)
Stockley Park

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FemaleHollyBlue1.jpg

FemaleHollyBlue2.jpg

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22nd April 2005 - Same Butterfly (Male)
Gunnersbury Park
8th May 2005 - Same Butterfly (Female)
Kenton

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13th May 2005 - Male
Gunnersbury Park
11th July 2005
Crooked Mile
18th April 2006
Barnhill
1st July 2007
Horsenden Hill
4th August 2007 - Same Butterfly
Horsenden Hill

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22nd April 2008 - Same Butterfly (Male)
Horsenden Hill
12th August 2008
Horsenden Hill
13th April 2009 - Same Butterfly (Male)
Aquadrome
28th May 2012
Woodcock Park, Kenton

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21st May 2015 - Same Butterfly (Male)
Regents Park
19th July 2015 - Male
Aston Rowant NNR
27th May 2016 - Female
Totternhoe Knolls
27th May 2016 - Same Butterfly (Female)
Totternhoe Knolls

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19th June 2016
Sharpenhoe Clappers
14th August 2016
Shipton Bellinger
14th August 2016
Shipton Bellinger

Large Blue

This species has recently been re-introduced to some sites where the host ant still lives. The native British race went extinct a while back and the re-introduction has been via a European race of the same species. It is slightly larger and darker than the Common Blue and has distinctive black spots on the top of its forewings.


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17th June 2010 - Female Oviposting
Collard Hill
17th June 2010
Collard Hill
17th June 2010
Collard Hill

Purple Hairstreak

This species is quite small and tends to live high up in oak (and surrounding) trees. I have not seen it close up as yet, but did manage to get a long distance shot of one. They fly in a similar way to Holly Blues when on the move and are also similar in size.


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11th July 2005
Broxbourne Wood
1st July 2007 (Right)
Horsenden Hill
1st July 2007 - Male
Horsenden Hill
16th July 2007
Horsenden Hill
16th July 2007 - Female
Horsenden Hill
19th July 2007 - Female
Horsenden Hill

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21st July 2007 - Same Butterfly
Barnhill
28th July 2008 - Same Butterfly
Oversley Wood

Silver Studded Blue

Similar in size and behaviour to a Common Blue. But much more distinctive colouring on the wings. Prefers heathland where heather is not too overgrown.


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16th July 2006 - Same Butterfly (Male).
Chobham Common
16th July 2006 - Same Butterfly (Female).
Chobham Common
16th July 2006 - Same Butterfly (Male).
Chobham Common

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4th July 2008 - Male.
Chobham Common
4th July 2008 - Same Butterfly (Male).
Chobham Common
4th July 2008 - Same Butterfly (Male).
Chobham Common

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FemaleSSBlue1a.jpg

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MaleSSBlue1.jpg
4th July 2008 - Male.
Chobham Common
4th July 2008 - Male.
Chobham Common
4th July 2008 - Same Butterfly (Female).
Chobham Common
23rd July 2008 - Male.
Chobham Common

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23rd July 2008 - Same Butterfly (Female).
Chobham Common
23rd July 2008 - Male.
Chobham Common
23rd July 2008 - Female.
Chobham Common
20th June 2010 - Same Butterfly (Male).
Chobham Common

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20th June 2010 - Male.
Fairmile Common
20th June 2010 - Same Butterfly (Female).
Fairmile Common
20th June 2010 - Male.
Fairmile Common
20th June 2010 - Male.
Fairmile Common

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20th June 2010 - Same Butterfly (Female).
Fairmile Common
20th June 2010 - Same Butterflies (Mating Pair).
Fairmile Common
20th June 2010 - Same Butterfly (Female).
Fairmile Common

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30th June 2013 - Male.
Fairmile Common
30th June 2013 - Males.
Fairmile Common
30th June 2013 - Male.
Fairmile Common
30th June 2013 - Female.
Fairmile Common
30th June 2013 - Female.
Fairmile Common

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3rd July 2015 - Male.
Fairmile Common
3rd July 2015 - Male.
Fairmile Common
3rd July 2015 - Male.
Fairmile Common
3rd July 2015 - Male.
Fairmile Common
3rd July 2015 - Male.
Fairmile Common

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3rd July 2015 - Same Butterfly (Female).
Fairmile Common
3rd July 2015 - Male.
Fairmile Common
3rd July 2015 - Male.
Fairmile Common

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3rd July 2015 - Same Butterfly (Female).
Fairmile Common
5th July 2016 - Same Butterfly (Female).
Fairmile Common
5th July 2016 - Male
Fairmile Common
5th July 2016 - Male
Fairmile Common

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5th July 2016 - Same Butterflies (Female top, Male bottom).
Fairmile Common
5th July 2016 - Same Female after the Male flew off.
Fairmile Common

Small Blue

This is the smallest British butterfly. It isn't much more than 1cm across. It stays low to the ground too. The ones I saw were in quite large numbers in colonies, but also in lower numbers over a wider area. When feeding or at rest wings closed I noticed the hind wings waggle just like with the Holly Blue and Green Hairstreak. With wings open they look plainer and duller than their bigger cousins.

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7th June 2006 - Same Butterfly.
Totternhoe / Sewell Cutting
7th June 2006
Totternhoe / Sewell Cutting
7th June 2006
Totternhoe / Sewell Cutting
7th June 2006
Totternhoe / Sewell Cutting
7th June 2006
Totternhoe / Sewell Cutting
7th June 2006
Totternhoe / Sewell Cutting

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7th June 2006 - Same Butterfly.
Totternhoe / Sewell Cutting
23rd May 2009
Totternhoe / Sewell Cutting
23rd May 2009 - Same Butterfly.
Totternhoe / Sewell Cutting
23rd May 2009
Totternhoe / Sewell Cutting

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SmallBlue1.jpg

SmallBlue2.jpg

SmallBlue3.jpg

SmallBlues.jpg
13th July 2009 - Same Butterfly.
Lulworth Cove
26th May 2010
Totternhoe / Sewell Cutting
26th May 2010
Totternhoe / Sewell Cutting
26th May 2010
Totternhoe / Sewell Cutting
26th May 2010
Totternhoe / Sewell Cutting

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27th May 2016
Totternhoe Knolls
27th May 2016 - Same Butterfly.
Totternhoe Knolls
27th May 2016
Totternhoe Knolls
27th May 2016
Totternhoe Knolls
27th May 2016
Totternhoe Knolls

Small Copper

This is a smallish ~3cm butterfly. It has distinctive bright red / orange patches with dark spots.


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27th May 2004 - Same Butterfly.
Stockley Park
2nd June 2004
Stockley Park
2nd June 2004
Stockley Park
7th June 2004
Stockley Park

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4th August 2005 - Same Butterfly.
Barnhill
28th August 2005 - Same Butterfly.
Bicester Airfield
2nd June 2006 - Same Butterfly.
Tugley Wood

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SmallCopper.jpg

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23rd September 2006
Barnhill
17th April 2007
Grove Farm
24th April 2007
Horsenden Hill
26th April 2007
Horsenden Hill
17th May 2007
Horsenden Hill
24th May 2007 - Same Butterflies (Mating Pair).
Horsenden Hill

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30th July 2007
Horsenden Hill
13th May 2008
Horsenden Hill
21st May 2008
Horsenden Hill
14th August 2008
Horsenden Hill
28th April 2009
Horsenden Hill

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8th August 2009 - Same Butterfly.
Whitecross Green Wood
30th April 2012
Holme
12th October 2013 - Remains
Kenton
4th May 2014
Ivinghoe Beacon

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3rd August 2016
Findhorn Dunes

White Letter Hairstreak

A couple of mm bigger than Green Hairstreak, this is quite a common butterfly but hard to see up close as it spends much of the time high up in Elm trees. However if you are lucky enough you can find them coming down to nectar on plants such as bramble and thistle. Up until 1st July 2007 this was a bogey species for me as I never seemed to be able to spot them. So it was highly satisfying to not only see them, but get close to them.


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1st July 2007 (Left)
Horsenden Hill
1st July 2007
Horsenden Hill
1st July 2007 - Same Butterfly.
Horsenden Hill

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1st July 2007
Horsenden Hill
1st July 2007 - Same Butterfly.
Horsenden Hill
23rd June 2008
Horsenden Hill