Butterfly nuptials

Thu, 15. Aug. 2019
Bert Inäbnit

These two Common Blue butterflies (Polyommatus icarus) are enjoying their honeymoon.

What you can’t see in the photo is that the ends of their bodies are firmly interlocked. This means they fly in synchronicity and the smaller brown female can be carried along quite easily. The Common Blue is one of more than 60 different types of blue butterflies in our country and the most common. It can be found in the lowlands but also up to 1800m above sea level. This blue butterfly proliferates from April to October, with about 2-3 generations between these months. You’ll mainly see them on flower meadows where they like to land on various butterfly plants such as the horn clover.

Based on AvS/Bert Inäbnit
Translated by Justine Hewson

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