Lycaenidae: Polyommatinae

1572 (ABH61.015) Brown Argus Aricia agestis, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

KR07145

Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Monks Wood, Aug 2006 (female)
Monks Wood, Aug 2006 (female)
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood, Aug 2006 (female)
Monks Wood, Aug 2006 (female)
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Woodwalton Farm, July 2004 (male).
Woodwalton Farm, July 2004 (male).
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood, June 2008.
Monks Wood, June 2008.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood, Aug 2005 (female).
Monks Wood, Aug 2005 (female).
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood, Aug 2006 (female)
Monks Wood, Aug 2006 (female)
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood, Aug 2006. Aberration.
Monks Wood, Aug 2006. Aberration.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Larva on Cut-leaved Cranesbill (Geranium dissectum), Monks Wood, July 2007.
Larva on Cut-leaved Cranesbill (Geranium dissectum), Monks Wood, July 2007.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies


General InformationOverwinters as Overwinters as a larva.

Wingspan: 25-31mm
Foodplant(s): Common Rock-rose (Helianthemum nummularium), Dove's-foot Crane's-bill (Geranium molle), Common Stork's-bill (Erodium cicutarium)
Flying: Two generations, April-June and July-early September
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Local

Habitat

Chalk and limestone grassland, verges, disturbed ground and set-aside fields/field margins.

Regional Information

Recorded in 146 (54.1%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in September 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 24 April to 13 October

Similar Species
Sullington, West Sussex, Aug 2006.
Sullington, West Sussex, Aug 2006.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Common Blue Polyommatus icarus
Devil's Dyke
Devil's Dyke
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Chalkhill Blue Polyommatus coridon (=Lysandra)
Ballard Down, Dorset
Ballard Down, Dorset
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Adonis Blue Polyommatus bellargus (=Lysandra)

Local
Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Hairy
Colours:
Green, yellow, red