Silver-studded Blue (Plebejus argus)
© - Nick Greatorex-Davies
In Britain the Silver-studded Blue is a rare and very sedentary butterfly of heathland, calcareous grassland and sand dunes where it occurs in discrete colonies that can sometimes number many thousands, breeding on areas where the vegetation is short or sparse. Foodplants include Heather (Calluna vulgaris), Heaths (Erica spp.), Bird's-foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) and Rockose (Helianthemum nummularium). The butterfly has undergone a major decline through much of its range in Britain due to habitat destruction and lack of grazing. (For further details on this species see http://www.butterfly-conservation.org/).
Status since 1979 is Rapid increase with a change of 70.0% since monitoring began for this species.
Status over the last 20 years is Stable with a change of 28.7%
Status over the last 10 years is Rapid increase with a change of 176.0%
This chart shows the index of abundance (LCI = Log Collated Index) over time. It shows fluctuations in populations from year to year, and is scaled so that the average index over the whole series is equal to 2 (horizontal line). Further details on the analysis of UKBMS data can be found [here]
This chart shows the average number of butterflies seen on transects between April and October across all sites (fitted values from a Generalised Additive Model). The blue line gives average counts over the full BMS series (1976 to date) and the red line gives the average for the last year.
This map shows symbols for the mean abundance at transect sites, with the colour of the symbol reflecting the level of abundance. Means are over all years. Grey background squares are the occupied cells as shown by the Butterflies for the New Millenium over the previous ten year period.