tiny blue is found in Greece, Turkey and eastwards into India, where
the above photograph was taken. It is described as rare and local in
its European outposts but on a global level is one of the commoner
species of its genus.
The upperside of both sexes is brown,
with orange on the hindwing in the same place as on the underside. It
is one of those butterflies that reveals stunning beauty when you get
really close up to it but which can appear quite insignificant and even
dull from a distance.
The larvae feed on Andrachne
in Europe, but use other plants throughout their range. The species
flies from March to October in a succession of broods, hibernating as a