I was thrilled to see this beautiful male Holly blue (Celastrina argiolus) flying in the garden last week. It is seen here resting on a Juniper tree, and looks to be a freshly emerged specimen. It is a male-the females have a wider black margin to the wings.
The Holly blue is the earliest of the blues to be seen on the wing and chances are that if you see a blue butterfly in April, it will be a holly blue. There is plenty more information about them and all other British species at the Butterfly Conservation Trust.
The long settled dry spell is set to continue here for a little longer. We had only a very small quantity of rain over the weekend-nothing like enough to water the crops on the allotment, but such is life. It has been great weather for butterfly spotting and my list so far includes, as well as the one above :- Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Orange Tip and Green Veined white.