Lycaenidae - Herts & Middx Butterfly Conservation

Lycaenidae family (Coppers, Hairstreaks & Blues)


Small CopperLycaena phlaeasWidespread & common

Small Copper 2008 -  Andrew Steele Small Copper 2018 -  Dave Miller Small Copper 2011 - Dave Miller
Male Female Underside
Aldbury Nowers
© Andrew Steele 2008
Near Staines Moor
© Dave Miller 27 May 2018
Bedfont Lakes
© Dave Miller 2011
mating Small Copper 2007 - Andrew Middleton Small Copper - Trevor Chapman Small Copper Stanwell Moor 2019 -  Dave Miller
Mating pair Female ab. caleopunctata Second brood - longish tails
near Much Hadham
© Andrew Middleton 24 Apr 2007
Frogmore
© Trevor Chapman 2004
Stanwell Moor
© Dave Miller 21 Jul 2019
Small Copper eggs and larvae 2017 -  Peter Clarke Small Copper egg 2018 -  Peter Clarke Small Copper larva 2018 -  Peter Clarke
Eggs and larvae Egg on common sorrel 5th instar larva
Cowley's Corner Wood
© Peter Clarke 12 Oct 2017
Stevenage garden
© Peter Clarke 5 Aug 2018
Stevenage garden
© Peter Clarke 27 Aug 2018

Brown HairstreakThecla betulaeConfirmed breeding in south Middlesex

Brown Hairstreak 2019 - Andrew Middleton Brown Hairstreak 2016 - Dave Miller Brown Hairstreak 2017 - Peter Clarke
Female Female Male Underside
Ickenham Marsh
© Andrew Middleton 20 Aug 2019
Bookham Commons
© Dave Miller 21 Aug 2016
Bookham Commons
© Peter Clarke 4 Aug 2017
Brown Hairstreak 2018 - Sharon Newson Brown Hairstreak 2019 - Jon Tarlton Brown Hairstreak 2017 - Andrew Middleton
Female Female Underside Egg
Hillingdon
© Sharon Newson 2 Sep 2018
Hampton Wick
© Jon Tarlton 25 Aug 2019
Richmond
© Andrew Middleton 2 Nov 2017
Brown Hairstreak egg 2018 - Andrew Middleton Brown Hairstreak egg 2019 - Andrew Middleton Brown Hairstreak eggs 2019 - Andrew Middleton
Egg Egg Eggs
Hillingdon
© Andrew Middleton 6 Sep 2018
Horsenden Hill
© Andrew Middleton 16 Jan 2019
Ickenham Marsh
© Andrew Middleton 30 Jan 2019

Purple HairstreakNeozephyrus quercusCommon around oaks

Purple Hairstreak 2005 - Andrew Self Purple Hairstreak 2007 - June Crew Purple Hairstreak 2010 - Ian Carle
Male Female Underside
Brent Reservoir
© Andrew Self 2005
Broxbourne Wood NNR
© June Crew 2007
Watton Green
© Ian Carle 2010
Purple Hairstreak egg 2017 - Peter Clarke Purple Hairstreak larva 2019 - Peter Clarke Purple Hairstreak larva 2019 - Peter Clarke
Egg on oak Larva on oak Larva on oak
Cowley's Corner Wood
© Peter Clarke 14 Dec 2017
Watery Grove
© Peter Clarke 6 Apr 2019
Watery Grove
© Peter Clarke 21 Apr 2019

Green HairstreakCallophrys rubiVery rare & restricted

Green Hairstreak  2019 - Andrew Neild Green Hairstreak  2019 - Dave Miller Green Hairstreak 2006 - Andrew Palmer
Underside Underside Early morning in the dew
Hexton Chalk Pit
© Andrew Neild 22 Apr 2019
Bedfont Lakes Country Park
© Dave Miller 1 May 2019
Hexton Chalk Pit
© Andrew Palmer 2006
  Green Hairstreak egg 2006 - Andrew Middleton  
  Egg  
 
© Andrew Middleton 2006
 

White-letter HairstreakSatyrium w-albumCommon around elm

White-letter Hairstreak 2007 - Steve Lane White-letter Hairstreak 2005 - Lee Browne White-letter Hairstreak egg 2018 - Peter Clarke
Male Underside Female Underside Egg
Stevenage
© Steve Lane 2007
Bramfield Wood
© Lee Browne 2005
Six Hills Common
© Peter Clarke 26 Jan 2018
White-letter Hairstreak eggs 2018 - Andrew Middleton White-letter Hairstreak larva 2007 - Tristan Bantock White-letter Hairstreak feeding damage - Andrew Middleton
Eggs Larva Larva & feeding damage

Widford
© Andrew Middleton 3 Oct 2018

© Tristan Bantock 22 Apr 2007

© Andrew Middleton
White-letter Hairstreak feeding damage - Andrew Middleton    
Larva & feeding damage
with seeds turning brown
   

© Andrew Middleton
   

Black HairstreakSatryrium pruniNon-Resident

Black Hairstreak 2004 - Trevor Chapman Black Hairstreak egg laying 2004 - Sandra Standbridge Black Hairstreak pupa 2005 - Malcolm Hull
Female Female egg-laying Pupa

© Trevor Chapman 2004

© Sandra Standbridge 2004

© Malcolm Hull 2005

Long-tailed BlueLampides boeticusVagrant

Long-tailed Blue 2002 - Nick Sampford Long-tailed Blue 2002 - Nick Sampford Long-tailed Blue 2002 - Nick Sampford
Cley, Norfolk
© Nick Sampford 20 July 2002
Cley, Norfolk
© Nick Sampford 20 July 2002
Cley, Norfolk
© Nick Sampford 20 July 2002

Small BlueCupido minimusVery rare & restricted

Small Blue 2003 - Allen Beechey Small Blue 2018 - Steve Lane

Small Blue 2010 - Paul Thrush

Male Female Underside
College Lake, nr Tring
© Allen Beechey 2003
Hillbrow
© Steve Lane 22 May 2018
Aldbury Nowers
© Paul Thrush 21 Jun 2010
Small Blue 2003 - Allen Beechey Small Blue 2006 - Andrew Palmer Small Blue mating 2019 - Roger Millard
Underside Basking specimens Mating pair
College Lake, nr Tring
© Allen Beechey 2003
Bedfordshire
© Andrew Palmer 2006
Hillbrow
© Roger Millard 9 Jun 2019

Holly BlueCelastrina argiolusWidespread & common

Holly Blue 2014 - Dave Miller Holly Blue 2018 - Dave Miller Holly Blue 2011 - Robin Pearson
Male Female Underside
Stanwell Moor
© Dave Miller 5 Oct 2014
Stanwell Moor
© Dave Miller 14 Nov 2018
Harpenden
© Robin Pearson 2011
Holly Blue 2005 - Steve Lane Holly Blue 2019 - Bob Clift Holly Blue larva on buckthorn 2007 - Andrew Middleton
Underside Egg-laying on ivy Larva on alder buckthorn
Stevenage
© Steve Lane 2005
Bishop's Stortford
© Bob Clift 25 Aug 2019
Ponders End
© Andrew Middleton 2007
Holly Blue 2019 - Bob Clift Holly Blue larva on ivy 2019 - Bob Clift Holly Blue larvae on ivy 2019 - Bob Clift
Egg-shell Larva first instar on ivy Larvae on ivy
Bishop's Stortford
© Bob Clift 25 Aug 2019
Bishop's Stortford
© Bob Clift 3 Sep 2019
Bishop's Stortford
© Bob Clift 14 Sep 2019

Large BlueMaculinea arionNon-Resident

Large Blue 2005 - Steve Lane Large Blue 2006 - Steve Lane Large Blue 2004 - Nick Sampford
Male Female Underside
West Country
© Steve Lane 2005

© Steve Lane 2006
West Country
© Nick Sampford 2004
  Large Blue egg 2004 - Nick Sampford  
  Egg  
  West Country
© Nick Sampford 2004
 

Silver-studded BluePlebejus argusNo modern records

Silver-studded Blue 2013 Dave Miller Silver-studded Blue 2015 Dave Miller Silver-studded Blue 2015 Dave Miller
Male Female Underside
Dawney's Hill, Surrey
© Dave Miller 4 Jul 2013
Fairmile Common, Surrey
© Dave Miller 13 Jun 2015
Fairmile Common, Surrey
© Dave Miller 13 Jun 2015
  Silver-studded Blue 2015 Dave Miller  
  Mating pair  
  Fairmile Common, Surrey
© Dave Miller 13 Jun 2015
 

Brown ArgusAricia agestisWidely distributed

Brown Argus 2010 - Dave Miller Brown Argus 2009 - Clare Gray Brown Argus 2010 - Dave Miller
Male Female Underside
Harmondsworth Moor
© Dave Miller 2010
Aldbury Nowers
© Clare Gray 2009
Stanwell Moor
© Dave Miller 2010
Brown Argus pair 2017 - Peter Clarke Brown Argus 2016 - Peter Clarke Brown Argus egg 2018 - Dave Miller
Mating pair ab. snellini Egg on cranesbill
Shackledell
© Peter Clarke 4 Sep 2017
Norton Green Common
© Peter Clarke 22 Aug 2016
Stanwell Moor
© Dave Miller 7 Sep 2018

Northern Brown ArgusAricia artaxerxesNon-Resident

Northern Brown Argus 2006 - Steve Lane Northern Brown Argus 2005 - Nick Sampford  

© Steve Lane 2006
Cumbria
© Nick Sampford 2005
 

Common BluePolyommatus icarusWidespread & common

Common Blue 2014 - Dave Miller Common Blue 2010 - Dave Miller Common Blue 2010 - Dave Miller
Male Female Female
Near Heathrow
© Dave Miller 3 Aug 2014
Harmondsworth Moor
© Dave Miller 2010
Harmondsworth Moor
© Dave Miller 2010
Common Blue 2019 - Dave Miller Common Blue 2005 - Lee Browne Common Blue 2010 - Malcolm Newland
Female Male Underside Female Underside
Stanwell Moor
© Dave Miller 28 May 2019

© Lee Browne 2005
Hemel Hempstead garden
© Malcolm Newland 2010
Common Blue 2016 - Dave Miller Common Blue 2016 - Dave Miller Common Blue 2017 - Peter Clarke
Mating pair ab. flavescens ab. discreta
Near Heathrow
© Dave Miller 6 Aug 2016
Near Heathrow
© Dave Miller 14 Jun 2016
Norton Green Common
© Peter Clarke 8 Jun 2017
Common Blue 2003 - Bob Clift

Common Blue aberration 2018 - Bob Clift

Common Blue larvae 2004 - Andrew Middleton

ab. elongata Aberration Larva - about 3mm long
Bishop's Stortford
© Bob Clift 4 Aug 2003
Bishop's Stortford Southern Country Park
© Bob Clift 6 Aug 2018
Sewardstone
© Andrew Middleton 26 Sep 2004

Adonis BluePolyommatus bellargusUndocumented release at Therfield Heath

Adonis Blue 2019 - Trevor Sawyer Adonis Blue 2019 - Malcolm Hull Adonis Blue 2019 - Trevor Sawyer
Male Female Male Underside
Therfield Heath
© Trevor Sawyer 23 Aug 2019
Therfield Heath
© Malcolm Hull 31 Aug 2019
Therfield Heath
© Trevor Sawyer 23 Aug 2019
Adonis Blue 2019 - James Fowler Adonis Blue 2017 - Dave Miller Adonis Blue 2019 - Ian Tulloch
Female Underside ab. krodeli Variant
Therfield Heath
© James Fowler 2 Sep 2019
Aston Rowant
© Dave Miller 2 Sep 2017
Therfield Heath
© Ian Tulloch 25 Aug 2019
  Adonis Blue 2019 - James Fowler  
  Mating pair  
  Therfield Heath
© James Fowler 2 Sep 2019
 

The Adonis Blue appears now to have been established at Therfield Heath after some specimens were seen in 2019 probably as a result of a clandestine release. It was previously last recorded in Hertfordshire in 1959 (Sawford, 1987).

Chalkhill BluePolyommatus coridonCommon at known chalk sites

Chalkhill Blue 2005 - Clare Gray Chalkhill Blue 2010 - David Gower Chalkhill Blue 2010 - Paul Thrush
Male Female Female
Therfield Heath
© Clare Gray 2005
Aldbury Nowers
© David Gower 2010
Aldbury Nowers
© Paul Thrush 2010
Chalkhill Blue 2013 - Dave Miller Chalkhill Blue 2010 - David Gower Chalkhill Blues 2006 - Ian Hardy
Male underside Female underside Mating pair
Aston Rowant
© Dave Miller 26 Jul 2013
Aldbury Nowers
© David Gower 2010
Hexton
© Ian Hardy 2006
Chalkhill Blue aberration 2018 - Andrew Wood Chalkhill Blue variant 2018 - Martin Johnson Chalkhill Blues 2019 - Martin Johnson
Aberration Local variant Feeding on dog poo
Hexton Chalk Pit
© Andrew Wood 14 Jul 2018
Therfield Heath
© Martin Johnson 30 Jul 2018
Therfield Heath
© Martin Johnson 22 Jul 2019