Common blue butterfly on grass.
The butterfly is photographied in the morning light with shallow depth of field.
Ecology and nature conservation concept
The Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) is the most widespread, small butterfly across Europe.
Male uppersides are an iridescent lilac blue with a thin black border.
Females are brown with a row of red spots along the edges.
Males are often very obvious.
They defend territories against rivals and search out the more reclusive females.
Common Blue Butterflies can be found in a wide range of habitats.
They appreciate Grassy meadows, bridleways, roadside verges, heathland and urban waste ground.
They are most often seen, perched up off the ground, on a tall wild flower or grass stem.