61.018 .... B&F 1574
Common Blue Polyommatus icarus (Rottemburg, 1775) 
Status .....This is a widespread butterfly in Nottinghamshire, fairly typical of a wide range of habitats and is likely to be present at any site where the larval foodplant of Bird's-foot Trefoil grows. Although widespread, it's distribution does become rather patchy and it is generally less frequent from north-east of Nottingham and it's suburbs, to north past Retford. Like so many other butterflies, the Common Blue has benefitted from the closure of the county's Collieries. Quick to colonise any post-industrial brownfield site, it has been another pioneering species of most former spoil heaps and can now be found in good numbers at many of them.
Male photographed at Budby South Forest August 2009
Male photographed at Warsop Main Pit Top August 2009   Female photographed at Warsop Main Pit Top August 2009
Male photographed at Eakring Meadows May 2003   Female photographed at Eakring Meadows May 2004
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Common Blue
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Netherfield Wildlife Group. Pauline Bradford. Wil Heeney. Nottingham City Council. Keith and Belinda Lugg. Meg Skinner. Darren Matthews. Steve Horne. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Lound Moth Group. NBGRC. Duncan Lyon. Graham Birkett.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2021

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