Monday, 15 January 2007

Pea Blue (Lampides boeticus)

Adult Pea Blue (subspecies P. t. brittaniae) at Kamakura, Japan - November 2014

OTHER NAMES: Long-tailed Blue
Local Name (Japan): Uranami shijimi (ウラナミシジミ) - "Wave-patterned Butterfly"
Length: ?
Wingspan: 24-34mm
NOT UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

The Pea Blue is a widespread species found broadly across much of the Old World.  I spotted this species in Kamakura on an unusually warm day in late November on a headland overlooking Mount Fuji.  I had seen some small blue species in Kyoto the previous year too which may have also been this species.  In the UK it is a vagrant species in some years and has even bred, although it is apparently unable to survive our Winters and thus has not become established.

Related Species:
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Lampides
Subspecies: N/A

 - Sighting Locations -
JAPAN - Locally common resident
 - TOKYO/HOKKAIDO 2014 TRIP: Several on the outskirts of Kamakura 

Further Notes: RSPB,WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive IUCN Red List

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