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Butterflies - Long-tailed Blue (Lampides boeticus)

The only Warwickshire record is of a male Long-tailed Blue, captured at Wellesbourne in 1973.

A male Long-tailed Blue was caught by a Mr. Mike Wakeman in his kitchen at Redditch, Worcestershire (West Midlands Branch area) on Saturday 11th October. Due to the pristine condition of this butterfly, it is thought highly unlikely that this is a genuine migrant. Its origin is most likely the result of it being imported on vegetable produce (purchased at Tescos) as an egg, larva or pupa, rather than a genuine adult migrant from continental Europe.

The only other previous record for a Long-tailed Blue from the West Midlands branch region was of an individual caught in Pershore, Worcestershire in 2000.

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Mange-tout peas

Packets of Mange-tout peas purchsed from supermarkets have been found to contain eggs, larva, pupa and adult butterflies in the past and it is thought that those rare sightings which are reported are the result of these imports.

Vagrant in Warwickshire.


Find out more about the Long-tailed Blue online at the following links;

Flight Chart
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult Long-tailed Blue butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.

Long-tailed Blue Flight Chart

Distribution Maps

Long-tailed Blue - 2011 records / distribution. Long-tailed Blue - 2010 records / distribution. Long-tailed Blue - 2000 to 2009 records / distribution.
2011 (1yr) 2010 (1yr) 2000-09 (10yr)

Long-tailed BlueLong-tailed Blue © Steven Cheshire - Spain

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