This butterfly is common but so small it is often overlooked. With Covid restrictions, and lawns being mowed less often by commercial operators, the blue butterfly had an opportunity to breed abundantly.
Originally it may have flown/blown from Australia or been introduced with other plants by the first European colonists.
Clovers (Trifolium spp), Lotus spp, Medicago spp.
Laid singly. 4-6 days.
Colourless at first, becomes green or pink when it stars feeding. 5 weeks.
Cream to green to grey-brown with mottling. Rounded. Attached by girdle and weak cremaster.
Adult or Imago
Found close to their host plants. Silery grey underside dotted with brown and white spots. Brighter blue when new.
Open grassy areas up to 1000 m.