Cupido minimus (Dwergblauwtje (BE) / Small Blue (EN) / Zwerg-Bläuling (DE) / Argus frêle (FR) ) is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. With a forewinglength of only 9mm, this is Belgium's smallest resident Butterfly and despite its common name not particularly blue! The male has some bluish suffusion at the base of is upperwings but is mostly dark brown like the female. The undersides are a silvery grey with small black dots. The male has a bluish tint at the base of his wings similar to the upperside. In the southern part of Belgium it is a locally common species, very rarely observed in the north.
The larva lives on Anthyllis vulneraria and is attended by several species of ants.
Image: Viroinval (BE) - 24/07/2010
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