A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Long Tailed Blue

The underside of a long tailed blue seen here feeding off a bougainvillea. The two distinctive dots near the slender tail identify this species. This butterfly is a real wanderer found from Turkey to Spain and even on the Azores which lie some 1400 Km from the mainland. In favourable years it may reach the UK and in Hawaii it is a pest on broadbeans!

Many thanks to Jon Ryan for the photo.

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