The Silver-studded Blue

ienemien

Oosterwolde, Netherlands

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The Silver-studded Blue
Location: Weperbult,
Provence Friesland, the Netherlands,
Camera: Canon Powershot SX220
August 19, 2012

“The Silver-studded Blue” was featured in Canon DSLR, August 20 2012
“The Silver-studded Blue” was featured in THE GROUP-GALLERY OF ART & PHOTOGRAPHY, August 20 2012
“The Silver-studded Blue” was featured in ImageWriting , August 21, 2012
“The Silver-studded Blue” was featured in Closeups in Nature, August 22, 2012
“The Silver-studded Blue” was featured in WINGED INSECTS GROUP, september 9, 2012
“The Silver-studded Blue” was featured in Just Butterflies, September 16, 2012
“The Silver-studded Blue” was featured in Alphabet Soup, April 28, 2013
“The Silver-studded Blue” was featured in Featured For A Challenge, April 2015

The Silver-studded Blue (Plebejus argus) is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. So named due to the silvery blue metallic spots on the underside hind wings. The upperside are a rich, deep iridescent blue in the males with a black border and the characteristic Lycid white fringe. on the hindwings there is a row of inconspicuous black spots along the bottom edge. Females are dark brown with orange spots at the edges. On some sites the female has blue colouration but never as extensive as the male and she always possesses the orange spots. The undersides are a typical “Blue” design. The ground colour is silvery grey with blue suffusion at the base of the wings in the male and brown in the female. There are a number of black spots, each outlined in white and a row of orange spots along the outer edge of the hindwings, extending onto the forwings in the female. It is next to these orange spots that the “silver-studs” can be seen. Most easily confused with the Common Blue, it is generally slightly smaller and in the male the blue is a darker shade. The Common Blue also has an additional black spot at the base of the underside forewing.

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