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I don't want to say with absolute certainty, but I believe this to be a female Common Blue?

To borrow a term from our birding friends, it's a 'Little Brown job'!

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Hmm. Very difficult without a picture of the underside. Female Common Blues have orange markings on the upper side of the wings.http://www.lepiforum.de/cgi-bin/lepiwiki.pl?Fotouebersicht_Polyommatini_Weibchen_4 (unfortunately, there's no english version of the page, but the pictures are quite good). I guess, it's another "Blue".

Posted by annemirdl almost 5 years ago (Flag)
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I honestly wouldn't know! I never saw any blue ones around - but as you point out, there's no markings on the top of this lass' wings. Hmmm.

Posted by erikpaterson almost 5 years ago (Flag)
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Small Blue - Photo (c) Charlie Jackson, some rights reserved (CC BY)
erikpaterson's ID: Small Blue (Cupido minimus)
Posted by erikpaterson almost 5 years ago (Flag)
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There are some dark spots on the wings and the butterfly is quite large. I've asked one of my Flickr contacts for help. He knows a lot about this kind of butterflies.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kptn_blaubaer/7493304216/in/photostream
So, it's most likely a Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus).

Posted by annemirdl almost 5 years ago (Flag)
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Are you sure? Ringlets usually rest with folded wings (is this correct english?). They also have quite distinct spots on their wings. See also my observation of a ringlet from July, 31 st. So I tend to say your observation is more likely Aricia eumedon. See also the following link:

http://lepiforum.de/cgi-bin/lepiwiki.pl?Aricia_Eumedon

Posted by michael almost 5 years ago (Flag)
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Ringlet - Photo (c) Laurence Livermore, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
silversea_starsong's ID: Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)

It's a ringlet for sure...they don't always have distinct spots especially not males. You can see the spots of this one if you zoom in. Small blue is a different shape, has different patterned body and antennae, and is a navy blue rather than brown, among other differences.

I see them with wings open often so it isn't unusual for this species.

Posted by silversea_starsong about 2 years ago (Flag)
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Ringlet - Photo (c) Laurence Livermore, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
paulcools's ID: Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)
Posted by paulcools about 2 years ago (Flag)
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Ringlet - Photo (c) Laurence Livermore, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
deboas's ID: Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)
Posted by deboas 11 months ago (Flag)
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Small Blue - Photo (c) Charlie Jackson, some rights reserved (CC BY)
erikpaterson's ID: Small Blue (Cupido minimus)
Ringlet - Photo (c) Laurence Livermore, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
Community ID: Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)
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