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Cupido minimus  (Fuessly, 1775)
Small Blue
Lepidoptera: butterflies: Lycaenidae

Cupido minimus

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Taxonomic group: butterflies (Lepidoptera: butterflies) - County data

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W&C Act: Schedule 5
BAP status: UKBAP  
Essex RDB: Appendix

Records: 3
First Record: 2015
Latest Record: 2020

1992-on hectads: 3
Pre-1992 hectads: 0
Total hectads: 3
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Essex Red Data List comment
Appendix. Small Blue. Local. Once resident, extinct since the late 19th century.

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Believed to have been extinct in the county since the late 19th Century. A male was sighting in a private planted field in August 2015. The larval host plant, Kidney Vetch Anthyllis vulneraria, was present. The sighting occurred at the time of a substantial second brood in neighbouring Hertfordshire, although the nearest known colony was over 30 miles away. References

Species text last edited on Sun Oct 22nd 2017 by user 745


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