Lycaenidae: Polyommatinae

1580 (ABH61.012) Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus, (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Hemingford Grey, female, April 2005.
Hemingford Grey, female, April 2005.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Hemingford Grey, female, April 2005.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Hemingford Grey, male, May 2013
Hemingford Grey, male, May 2013
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Hemingford Grey
Hemingford Grey
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies


General InformationOverwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.

Wingspan: 26-36mm
Foodplant(s): Holly (berries and terminal leaves - spring generation) (Ilex aquifolium), Ivy (flowers and buds - summer generation) (Hedera helix)
Flying: Two generations, early April-mid June and mid-July-early September
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Hedgerows, field margins, woodland rides, gardens and suburban areas.

Regional Information

Recorded in 204 (75.6%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in September 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 28 March to 19 October

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 16 June to 12 September

Similar Species
Sullington, West Sussex, Aug 2006.
Sullington, West Sussex, Aug 2006.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Common Blue Polyommatus icarus


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Hairy
Colours:
Green, pink