Amanda's Blue Butterfly Polyommatus amandus

Amanda's Blue Butterfly male
Amanda's Blue Butterfly female
Amanda's Blue Butterfly female
Amanda's Blue is native to some of central and northern Europe through to Central Asia, preferring moderately high altitude grasslands. It is larger than most other blues with a wingspan of 1-1.5 inches (30-35mm). The male's topside (above left) is similar to a Common Blue but often with a few black spots at the edge of the hind wing. The female topside (above centre) is brown, usually with orange lunes on the hind wing edge and sometimes on the forewing (but none in the one shown). The undersides are similar but the female (above) has a darker, browner background and the male a lighter, greyer one. Both have blue near the body and orange lunes (faded on the one shown).