It is Britain’s (and probably Europe’s) most common and most widespread blue, found as far north as Orkney and on most of the Outer Hebrides. Males are often very obvious as they defend territories against rivals and search out the more reclusive females. A range of grassland habitats are used: meadows, coastal dunes, woodland clearings and also many man made habitats, anywhere where their food plants are found.

It is widespread in Europe, North Africa and temperate Asia.

Recently, Polyommatus icarus was discovered in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada by Ara Sarafian. An amateur entomologist, he had been observing the butterfly from 2005 to 2008. He contacted the Canadian National Collection of Insects in Ottawa where the butterfly was identified as P. icarus, a new alien butterfly to Canada and North America. The butterfly seems to be well established and is extending its range from year to year

Info: Wikipedia

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  • Steve  Liptrot
    Steve Liptrotalmost 5 years ago

    Never seen one of those. Well shot David

  • You’ve not been looking Steve! :-) When the wings are open they are very blue and only small in size. Thanks for the comment

    – David Lewins

  • TheFae
    TheFaealmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous!! Wonderful detail and perfect comp…so fluffy! Instant fav!

  • Thank you Liane, pleased you like it

    – David Lewins

  • Hagen
    Hagenalmost 5 years ago


  • Thanks

    – David Lewins

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsalmost 5 years ago

    Totally wonderful, it is just so furry. : )))

  • Thanks Karen

    – David Lewins

  • snappyexposure
    snappyexposurealmost 5 years ago

    Another wow, the details are beautiful and the DOF just perfect. Loving it.

  • Thank you Paula

    – David Lewins

  • Akkra
    Akkraalmost 5 years ago

    Wow I can honestly say I’ve never seen such a close-up of a butterfly before, kind of embarrassed to say I didn’t even know they’re furry! Fine photo David, I’ve learned something today ;o)

  • There you go…you learn something new every day! :-)) Thanks for the comment.

    – David Lewins

  • John Vandeven
    John Vandevenalmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous shot David and fantastic detail.

  • Thank you John

    – David Lewins

  • Tara  Turner
    Tara Turneralmost 5 years ago


  • Cheers

    – David Lewins

  • William Bullimore
    William Bullimorealmost 5 years ago

    Excellent focus and details. Well done.

  • Thanks alot

    – David Lewins

  • traveller
    travelleralmost 5 years ago

    Is there no end to this man’s talent? Don’t remember ever seeing one of those.

  • Thanks Ian…there are lot of things I can’t do with a camera! Stick people in front of me and I panic! ;-)

    – David Lewins

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