Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)
Peak District local information
When to see: May-September
Where to see: Variety of habitats
Caterpillar food plant: Common Birds-foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
Cheshire status: Still a widespread resident, although its distribution at lowland sites has become more patchy due to loss of habitat caused by modern farming methods. Normally double-brooded in the lowlands and single-brooded in the Pennine foothills. Breeds in a range of habitats and will quickly colonise waste ground or derelict industrial areas.