Species Account for Cupido minimus
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Essex RDB: Appendix
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Taxonomic group: butterflies (Lepidoptera: butterflies) - County data
Small Blue on UK Butterflies website
Essex Red Data List comment
Appendix. Small Blue. Local. Once resident, extinct since the late 19th century.
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