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Blues and Coppers (Lycaenidae)

The family of the Lycaenidae is generally referred to as Blues. True, a number of species are blue indeed, but they are only a portion of all species within this family. And of many only one side of the wings is blue: the upperside, which many species hardly ever show! Actually this family is comprised of many small sized butterflies that did not fit in any other family. For the coppers are part of this family too. Many coppers look like very small nymphalids, coloured like for instance the Small Tortoiseshell. Another group in this family are the hair streaks, many of which have a small tail like attachment to the wings, making them look like very small Swallowtails (Papilionidae), which are much bigger and whitish or yellowish.

Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)

Most common blue in our garden, usually seen daily in this species' flying season. More...

Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)

Another very common species, but less though in our garden. More...

Brown Argus (Aricia agestis)

The Brown Argus is a blue brown, figures... More...

Purple Hairstreak (Quercusia quercus)

This very common species is not seen very often, as it prefers to fly near tree tops. More...

Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)

A striking, but very small butterfly. More...

Green Hairstreak (Callophrys rubi)

The Green Hairstreak is common in most parts of Britain, but numbers are declining. More...

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