Family Lycaenidae

In Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull (VC38), the Lycaenidae family consists of nine (9) species split between three sub-families. They are some of our most beautiful species but are easily overlooked due to their small size and behaviour.

More information about their status is available by clicking on the species photos below.

The species numbers provided in Agassiz (2013) supersedes the numbering scheme orginally published in Bradley & Fletcher (1979).

Sub-Family Lycaeninae

Small Copper

Small
Copper

Lycaena phlaeas
61.0010

Sub-Family Theclinae

Brown Hairstreak

Brown
Hairstreak

Thecla betulae
61.0030
Purple Hairstreak

Purple
Hairstreak

Favonius quercus
61.0040
Green Hairstreak

Green
Hairstreak

Callophrys rubi
61.0050
White-letter Hairstreak

White-letter
Hairstreak

Satyrium w-album
61.0060

Sub-Family Polyommatinae

Small Blue

Small
Blue

Cupido minimus
61.0100 (LBAP/UKBAP)
Holly Blue

Holly
Blue

Celastrina argiolus
61.0120
Brown Argus

Brown
Argus

Aricia agestis
61.0150
Common Blue

Common
Blue

Polyommatus icarus
61.0180