Muuuh Wildlife Photography

European Common Blue - Polyommattus icarus

European Common Blue - Polyommattus icarus

A small butterfly species with intense blue color on the back of the wings and beautiful pattern on the lower side of the wings, It is an European species introduced in the Mirabel Airport region and now frequently observed in Montreal and surrounding area.

Common Names

How to Identify

There are similar species with the intense blue color of the wing, endemic to the region. I identify this species based on the pattern of black and orange spots on the underside of the wings.

Where & When to Spot

I have been able to spot this species in different parks in Montreal. Usually late summer, early autumn.

European Common Blue (Polyommattus icarus)

European Common Blue (Polyommattus icarus)

Rapids Park Lachine - September 22, 2018

NIKON D500; 90mm f/2.8; Focal Length 90mm; Exposure 1/200; Aperture f8.0; Iso 180;
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European Common Blue (Polyommattus icarus)

European Common Blue (Polyommattus icarus)

Fluorescent blue! A individual enjoying the sunbeams of this autumn day.

champ-des-possibles - September 26, 2015

NIKON D7100; 18.0-140.0 mm f/3.5-5.6; Focal Length 140mm; Exposure 1/800; Aperture f5.6; Iso 200;
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