Canary blue - Cyclyrius webbianus

Female upperside

Cyclyrius webbianus - Female

Male upperside

Cyclyrius webbianus - Male

Female underside

Family: Lycaenidae.

Flight Time: All year.

Size: 28-34mm

Altitude: 200-2500m

As you can see from the pictures this is a very special butterfly. The female is a golden colour on top while the male is dark with some blue near his body. Underneath they look similar.

Photography was somewhat hampered by the windy conditions that prevailed during most of my visit to Tenerife.

They are unique within their genus in Europe, their closest relative is from Madagascar!


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