Main: (Lycaenidae / Theclinae)
61.008 [B&F: 1567] Long-tailed Blue (Lampides boeticus) (Linnaeus, 1767)


Common in farmland, scrubland and flower meadows; 0-2700 m throughout much of southern Europe. In Britain, appears as a rare migrant in the south, with in the order of a hundred or so records since the first in 1859, including 38 in 1945. In Hampshire recorded at Christchurch (vice-county 11) in 1859 and at Claylands LNR in 2006, and on the Isle of Wight on Afton Down in 2001. Wingspan 30-36 mm. Larva feeds on Leguminosae, causing sufficient damage to be a serious pest in some areas.

Flightime guide

Records Received By Year

% of total records
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Percentage of Total Records

Total records
Max Percentage: 0.0034502984
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Phenology - Adult Records

Max records: 4
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Distribution Map

Historical distribution at tetrad resolution
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Record Density

As above but the larger the symbol, the greater the number of records
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Detail records

VC10 Isle of Wight
Wheelers Bay (SZ57)24-Jul-2001oneButler, A&EAdult
Afton Down (SZ38)31-Oct-2001oneKnill-Jones, Sam Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)09-Nov-2005oneButler, A&EAdult
Osborne House (SZ59)28-Aug-2013oneHallett, Mark Adult
Wheelers Bay (SZ57)15-Oct-2013oneButler, Andy Adult
Wheelers Bay (SZ57)17-Oct-2013oneButler, Andy Adult
St Catherine's Down (SZ47)29-Oct-2013oneWyers, AAdult
Osborne (SZ59)30-Jul-2014oneHallett, MAdult
VC11 South Hampshire
Bartley Heath (SU31)30-Aug-1995oneGifford, E&JAdult
Lower Test Marshes NR (SU31)05-Oct-1995onePain, JAdult
Claylands, Bishops Waltham (SU51)21-Jul-2006oneCreese, MAdult
Claylands, Bishops Waltham (SU51)24-Jul-2006oneDurnell, Pete Adult
Claylands, Bishops Waltham (SU51)25-Jul-2006oneCroger, RAdult
Claylands, Bishops Waltham (SU51)25-Jul-2006oneStokes, Jon Adult
Gilkicker (SZ69)03-Sep-2007oneTinling, David Adult
Sway (SZ29)03-Sep-2012oneKeen, Steve Adult
Broughton Down (SU23)19-Aug-2013oneKing, M; Holden, TAdult
Southampton Common (SU41)24-Sep-2013oneWelch, AAdult
Browndown (SZ59)18-Aug-2015onePlowman, FWAdult
Southsea (SZ69)28-Aug-2015oneHartleywoods, S&PAdult
East Wellow (SU31)10-Mar-2018oneSutton, BAdult
VC12 North Hampshire
Noar Hill (SU73)14-Aug-2002-Page, RJCAdult
Alice Holt (SU84)04-Jul-2010oneOsso, PAdult
1-km square SU8240 (SU84)10-Sep-2020oneWithheldAdult

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