Satyrium spini - Blue Spot Hairstreak

Satyrium-spini-blue-spot-hairstreak | PTKbutterflies
Satyrium-spini-blue-spot-hairstreak | PTKbutterflies
Satyrium-spini-blue-spot-hairstreak | PTKbutterflies

One of my very favourites, this species has a large blue hindwing spot when fresh, but can lose it quickly to birds, and I have seen many with pecked out spots. It is a relatively sedate species, which makes for a very good butterfly photo. I have seen it fresh mainly in early June in southern France.

Satyrium-spini-blue-spot-hairstreak | PTKbutterflies
Satyrium-spini-blue-spot-hairstreak | PTKbutterflies