Sightings of Silver Studded Blue Butterflies
So far 2009 has been a very pleasing year regarding the Silver Studded Blue Butterfly (SSB) on Horsell Common. Whilst this butterfly is not rare, it is restricted to small areas of heathland. Prior to 2004 the SSB wasa to be found regularly on the Common between the months of June and August. We are very pleased to report that both male and females of the species have been seen in the Danewell Gutter.
Sightings have also been reported on Grasslands and the approaches to McLaren Park. The food plant for this butterfly is heather, Bell Heather in particular.
The SSB looks very similar to the Common Blue but is smaller. However, the distinguishing marks can be found on the underside of the hindwings. The curve of the metallic like turquoise studs are shown on the photographs below. Lee Slatter