Long-tailed Blue, Andalucia, Spain. © 2017 - 2022 Steven Cheshire.
Until 2018, there had only ever been one record of a Long-tailed Blue in Warwickshire, a male captured at Wellesbourne in 1973. Its origins are unknown.
In the hot summer of 2018, Martin Kennard photographed a Long-tailed Blue in a neighbours Apple tree in Kenilworth when Martin was trying to photograph a Comma butterfly. Luckily, he managed to photograph it before it flew off.
The Long-tailed Blue has so far been unable to establish long-term colonies in the UK, most likely due to our winter climate being too cold and wet for its survival.
1. Smith, R. and Brown, D. (1979) The Lepidoptera of Warwickshire; a provisional list. Part One, Butterflies 1900-1977, Hesperiidae to Satyridae.
N1. This specimen was presented to Warwickshire Museum.