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Small Blue

Cupido minimus


With a wingspan that can be as little as 15 mm, this is one of the smallest European butterflies. The dorsal view for both male and female is a dull brown with some bluish overtones. The undersides are a silvery grey with a black dot pattern similar to that of Cupido osiris; in this latter species the males are bright blue.


Found mud-puddling on the path in an alpine pasture, alt. ~1700 m. Last picture is of habitat.


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The headphones boss
The headphones boss 10 years ago

y welcome im folling you

DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thank you Jemma and The headphones boss!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

lovely spot. Great details on such a ting creature.

The headphones boss
The headphones boss 10 years ago


DanielePralong 10 years ago

I can see why duttagupta35504 :-) This is a great butterfly habitat.

duttagupta35504 10 years ago

I want to be there.... :)

DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thanks Satyen and arlanda!

arlanda 10 years ago

Nice pics!!

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Beautiful spotting and cool habitat shot as usual Daniele :-)

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Champéry, Valais - Wallis, Switzerland

Spotted on Jul 5, 2013
Submitted on Jul 21, 2013

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