Recorded sightings in 2009: 14
Recorded sightings in 2010: 121
Status in Rother: Often generally distributed but widely varying numbers occur from season to season due to parasitism. Very few reported sightings in 2009. More garden records would provide a greater understanding of its status.
Habitat: The Holly Blue occurs in a wide range of habitats, including hedgerows, field margins, woodland rides, gardens, and parks, including those in urban and suburban areas. It often breeds in churchyards, many of which have Holly and Ivy. The larvae feed predominantly on the flower buds, berries, and terminal leaves of Holly in the spring generation, and Ivy in the summer generation.
ID Tips: Light blue butterfly which often flies at head height or higher.
First sighting in Rother (2009): 13 April
Recorded by: Laurie Bowman
UK Distribution trend: 36%
Ten year UK Population trend (1995-2004): -30%
Long term UK population trend: 281%