Brown Argus butterfly

We had a scarce visitor to our front garden today, a female Brown Argus.  I don’t know how long it had already been there, but I first noticed it in flight and got lucky because it settled to bask in the sunshine for a few minutes while I went to fetch the camera. It then did a bit of prospecting for suitable leaves to lay on (without success) before flying off fast and high, over the rooftops and away!

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This is not the first time I’ve seen this species in the garden as it is a species known to wander widely from its usual downland habitat. In recent years it has apparently started using cranesbills which are the alternative foodplants in the weald, whereas on the downs the larvae feed almost exclusively on Common Rockrose.


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