Really not sure about this but I think it may be a Common Blue.
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The orange patches are too extensive and bold for a female Common Blue which would be showing more blue suffusion.
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Yes spot on Chris I have just noted the fine brown spots on upper wings etc
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I would see this one as a Common Blue female. Brown Argus does not have any blue around the base of the upper side of the wings whereas Common nBlue female does.
The area of blue is consistent with the Brown Argus images on UK butterflies. The Common Blue female would be showing far more blue suffusion with less extensive and bold orange spots.
I agree that although some books say otherwise, Brown Argus can sometimes have a blue-ish haze near the body, although it is usually less obvious than on the majority of female Common Blues. And as Chris says the strength and extent of the orange spots leads to Brown Argus.
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I think it could well be an Argus ??? Any more shots or views of the butterfly David but as pointed out Females can be very similar
I haven't got any more photos of it but my wife has got photos of another specimen in the same location.Will have a look!
David J Trevan
Have now added 2 of my wife's photos of the same species in the same location if that helps.Her zoom is not as big as mine so the images are a bit more distant, but hope they may help to resolve the id.
Thank you David Much Appreciated
I am pretty sure it is this. cracking photos btw
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