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Blue Monday: Holly Blues In Spring

Holly Blue Butterfly

Blue Monday: Holly Blues In Spring

These last few weeks of warm, sunny weather have brought out many of our native butterflies and they have been delightful! The Holly Blue is the first of the British blues to emerge from overwintering pupae in the Spring generation. They stay high in the trees most of the time and you have the best chance of seeing them near holly trees, where this generation will lay their eggs. The late Summer generation, hatched from these larvae will, in turn, lay their eggs on the ivy to complete this wonderful cycle! I finally managed to get close to one as it sunned itself, lower down on brambles, at Dapdune Wharf on the Wey Navigation in Guildford. It refused to open those beautiful, little wings but you can still see the silvery-blue of the undersides.

Holly Blue Butterfly

23 comments on “Blue Monday: Holly Blues In Spring

  1. I have yet to see a butterfly this year, but I have spotted several very hairy caterpillars! I wonder what they are! And a few big fat bumble bees. Your Holly Blue is very delicate.

    • Thanks Jude 🙂 I am surprised that you haven’t spotted any at all!! Yes, holly blues are lovely little delicate gems 😀 Did you get a photo of the caterpillars? Very probably one of the species that overwinters in ovum and hatches just as all the fresh spring greens appear 🙂 Lots of bees here too and bee flies which are fun to watch and difficult to photograph! Not nearly so warm today but still a pleasant week ahead I think 🙂

    • Thanks so much 🙂 I have heard a few people say that they haven’t seen any and it’s really surprised me! I have been seeing lots in the warm and sunny weather we’ve had recently. The orange tips have been frustrating from a photographer’s point of view, refusing to settle anywhere! I guess it’s really about getting out in the right weather conditions and the right places, habitat wise, to catch sight of them. Butterfly Conservation UK are a great resource for finding the right times and places to go. They have many local groups around the UK based on counties or other localities so it’s worth following them on social media to see what’s happening near you 🙂

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