Long-tailed blue - Lampides boeticus

Long tailed blue

Family: Lycaenidae.

Flight Time: Feb - Nov.

Size: 30-36mm

Altitude: 0-2700m


A widespread European species, including the Canaries. As they are strong migrants they fly rapidly and don't settle for as long as would be nice for photography.

The intricate underside pattern is similar to Lang's short-tailed blue, Leptotes pirithous. But has a prominent white band.

Long tailed blue

Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution

Leptotes pirithous

Many including Pea and Broadbean


Long-tailed blue distribution


Early Stages


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