Chalkhill blue

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Chalkhill blue
Polyommatus coridon male Lehrensteinsfeld 20080802 1.jpg
Male P. coridon
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Tribe: Polyommatini
Genus: Polyommatus
Species: P. coridon
Binomial name
Polyommatus coridon
(Poda, 1761)

Lysandra coridon Poda, 1761

The chalkhill blue (Polyommatus coridon) is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is found in the Palearctic ecozone (West Europe, South Europe, Central Europe, Asia Minor, South Ural, North-west Turan)


  • P. c. borussia (Dadd, 1908) Ural
  • P. c. asturiensis Sagarra, 1922 Pajares, Cantabrian


Males have pale silvery-blue wings with black-and-white border (see adjacent images). Females are dark brown, also with the black-and-white borders. As with many blue butterflies, separation from similar species in the field is on the underside markings.


Note that information on this species applies to Great Britain and some details may not be consistent with the species in other parts of its range.

In the UK, this is a species favouring unimproved (and unfertilized) chalk downland. Its larval (caterpillar) foodplant is horseshoe vetch (Hippocrepis comosa). It is usually seen on the wing for about 6–8 weeks, July to September.

Male underwing
male aberration (one spot)



  • Butterfly Conservation (undated) Butterfly species data: Chalkhill Blue (Accessed 8 Aug 2012)
  • Emmet, A.M. (1990) Lysandra coridon (Poda). Pages 160-162 in The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland Vol. 7 Part 1 (ed. A.M. Emmet and J. Heath). Harley Books, Colchester, UK.
  • Tomlinson, D. and R. Still (2002) Britain's Butterflies. WildGuides, Old Basing, UK.

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