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.
- Larval Food Plants
- Key Sites
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.
A photographic slideshow displaying various images of the Long-tailed Blue is currently in development.
Details of how you can supply your own photographs for display here will be made available soon.
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.