It was a delight to spot this pair of Common Blue Butterflies (also known by their scientific name, Polyommatus icarus) mating whilst I was taking a Big Butterfly Count for Butterfly Conservation on the 3rd August 2023. If you want to help these butterflies you could grow nectar rich plants with accessible flowers and grow plants for the caterpillars to eat. The main food plant for Common Blue Butterfly caterpillars is Common Bird’s-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus). Other plants include: Greater Bird’s-foot-trefoil (Lotus pedunculatus), Black Medick (Medicago lupulina), Common Restharrow (Ononis repens), White Clover (Trifolium repens), Lesser Trefoil (Trifolium dubium).

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