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  • Common stag beetle
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  • Firebug
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  • Forest ground beetle
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  • Garden tiger moth
  • Great diving beetle
  • Gypsy moth
  • Honeybee
  • Large poplar longhorn beetle
  • Large white
  • Longhorn beetle
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  • Old World swallowtail
  • Painted lady
  • Pale giant horse-fly
  • Peacock butterfly
  • Peppered moth
  • Red admiral
  • Red ant
  • Red-tailed bumblebee
  • Rose chafer
  • Seven-spot ladybird
  • Silver-washed fritillary
  • Soldier beetle
  • Steppe grasshopper
  • Striped shield bug
  • Variable damselfly
  • Wasp spider
  • Water boatman
  • Yellow-winged darter
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Common Blue

Polyommatus icarus

Description:
The Common Blue butterfly has a wingspan of 1.5 centimetres. The male's blue wings feature a row of yellow spots along the edges and multiple black-centered white spots. The females are brown above with red dots. Different species of blue vary in appearance.

Habitat:
The Common Blue lives in grassy areas and at the edge of woodlands and clearings. It can be found throughout Europe, North Africa and Asia.

Habits:
The butterfly flies at moderate speeds and heights. It feeds on herbaceous plants and flowers. Males congregate in large numbers on moist soil. Eggs are laid singly on the shoots of herbaceous plants. The Common Blue hibernates as a pale-green caterpillar at the base of a plant or on the forest floor.

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