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Species Account for Celastrina argiolus

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Celastrina argiolus  (Linnaeus, 1758)
Holly Blue
Lepidoptera: butterflies: Lycaenidae

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Records: 15153
First Record: 1960
Latest Record: 2021

1992-on hectads: 58
Pre-1992 hectads: 47
Total hectads: 58
Additional Phenology Data


Holly Blue (3)
Holly Blue (3)
Holly Blue (2)
Holly Blue (2)
Holly Blue (1)
Holly Blue (1)
Holly Blue (female)
Holly Blue (female)
Holly Blue
Holly Blue
Celastrina argiolus
Celastrina argiolus

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Taxonomic group: butterflies (Lepidoptera: butterflies) - County data   
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The Holly Blue is a frequent visitor to parks, woodland edges and gardens. It flits around bushes taking nectar or feeding from honeydew and, in a sense, this behaviour provides a link between the tree-top dwelling Hairstreaks and the more ground-hugging members of the Lycaenid family. Females that emerge in the spring tend to lay their eggs on Holly, whereas the summer brood utilise Ivy. The Holly Blue is parasited and, as such, its numbers are always kept in check, exhibiting a cyclical trend over a period of 5 to 7 years. References

Species text last edited on Sat Feb 18th 2012 by user 745


Broad Habitat Data (based on 185 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 3 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 7 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 15153 records with habitat detail and method information)

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