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Friday 13 July 2018

Butterflies in Bulgaria: Blues & Coppers - July 2018

The next instalment are the very similar looking Blues, that by the end of the trip we were starting to dismiss as the effort to confidently identify any were extremely long-winded. Still, we saw some very attractive Blues of which 10 species were found. The rarest one for us was the Lang's Short-tailed Blue that was found down near Melnik, though sadly it evaded the cameras.

On the other hand, the Coppers were the most attractive family we encountered, and were very common in each meadow we visited. By far the most striking were the male Scarce Coppers. Five species of Copper were found.

Silver-studded Blue - 
the commonest Blue we saw. Very
similar to Idas Blue, but the spine on the 
fore leg is obvious on a close up version.

Large Blue
Amanda's Blue
Mazarine Blue

Balkan Copper
male Scarce Copper
female Scarce Copper
Purple Shot Copper