Large Blue Maculinea arion

 

Successfully reintroduced to sites in the Poldens where it is slowly extending its range due to active habitat creation and management. A quite distinctive species, the sexes are rather similar, the male being slightly smaller and with less heavy spotting on the wings. 

Because of its scarcity, a distribution map showing sites is not given but the National Trust's well- known reserve at Collard Hill is usually a reliable location.

Images L-R: female egg-laying on wild thyme, the young caterpillar's foodplant; underside

Flight period: usually mid June to mid July.