Cornwall Butterflies: Holly Blue

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The second generation of Holly Blues are still flying in good numbers here in Falmouth. This pair was seen on a hedge bordering our garden and we will be keeping a close eye out during the next few weeks for signs of caterpillars feeding amongst the developing Ivy (Hedera helix) buds.

See Holly Blue life cycle, identification, caterpillars, chrysalis and eggs

The Holly Blue is common amongst hedgerows and woodland edges throughout much of southern UK, its numbers can vary greatly from year to year. The dramatic fluctuation in the annual numbers may be directly linked with numbers of parasitic wasps that lay eggs in the Holly Blue caterpillars.

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