The Blue Butterflies belong to the sub family Polyommatinae of the large Lycaenidae family
There are 9 species of these little blue butterflies resident in the British Isles. Although, depending on species and gender, not all are blue.
In excess of 80 species of ‘blue’ butterfly occur in Europe. A few have strong migratory instincts such as the Long-tailed Blue which is occassionaly recorded in Southern England.
The metalmark butterflies in the family Riodinidae are shown at the bottom of the page.
Small Blue (Cupido minimus)
Silver-studded Blue (Plebeius argus)
Brown Argus (Aricia agestis)
Northern Brown Argus (Aricia artaxerxes)
Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)
The Common Blue Butterfly species page has images and descriptions of the butterfly and its life cycle including caterpillar and pupa.
Chalkhill Blue (Lysandra coridon)
Adonis Blue (Lysandra bellargus)
Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)
The Holly Blue Butterfly species page has images and descriptions of the butterfly and its life cycle including caterpillar and pupa.
Large Blue (Maculinea arion)
Duke of Burgundy (Hamearis lucina)
Other butterfly galleries:
- Skipper butterflies (Hesperiidae)
- Swallowtail butterflies (Papilionidae)
- White and yellow butterflies (Pieridae)
- Hairstreak butterflies (Theclinae)
- Copper butterflies (Lycaeninae)
- Blue butterflies (Polyommatinae) and Metalmark butterflies (Riodinidae) – this page
- Vanessid butterflies (Nymphalinae) and Admiral butterflies (Limenitidinae) and Emperor butterflies (Apaturinae)
- Fritillary butterflies (Heliconiinae)
- Brown butterflies (Satyrinae)