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Common Blue

The common blue is widespread in Ireland, found mainly in dry, open habitats with the largest populations on sand dunes and extensive unimproved grassland. It is considered to have a status of least concern, but recently there has been an estimated 96% population loss for the common blue due to habitat loss.

Males have blue wings with a black-brown border and white fringe. Females are usually brown with a blue dusting and a few orange spots on the lower parts of the wings.

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