Small Blue

Cupido Minimus

Family Lycaenidae
  • Colouring – Although called the Small Blue there is more brown and grey-silver than blue.
  • Life span – May through to August.
  • Native – British butterfly.
  • Caterpillar colour – Dull white with bluish pink tint.
  • Caterpillar eggs to caterpillar – 2 / 3 weeks.
  • Food for the caterpillar – Flower heads.
  • Food for the butterfly – Kidney vetch, tall grasses, birds-foot-trefoil.
Special features

The Small Blue may be seen throughout the UK and is considered to be our smallest resident butterfly. This delightful little butterfly spends a good amount of time basking and resting. Small groups of 2 or 3 are often seen flying together.