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long-tailed blue

Pictured: long-tailed blue, Lampides boeticus

Notes from Jenyns: This species is not mentioned in Jenyns’ notebooks.

200-year trend in Cambridgeshire: Little change (but is increasing in numbers and moving north across the UK).

 

Modern records

Until recently, this species was considered to be a rare migrant, which travels across the channel and usually only visits counties on the south coast of England. However, recent records of the long-tailed blue in the UK show that this and other new species may be making attempts at colonisation due to climate change. It is probably only a matter of time before species from the continent track warmer temperatures north and become more firmly established in the British Isles.

 

National records map