Wingspan: 22 - 28mm
The Small Blue is our smallest butterfly. The silvery-grey underwings are scattered with small black dots with no orange markings, the un-patterned upperwings are smokey-black on the male and dark brown on the female.
The flight period is from mid-May – end June. Occasional second brood mid to late August
Larval Food plants
Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis Vulneraria)
Chalk downland, chalk pits, embankments
Resident, scarce to frequent but local.
Earliest county record 24th April 2011; Park Bottom (Gordon Mackie, Chris Riley)
Latest county record
27th September 1999