Not found in the UK.

Overwinters as a caterpillar.

Size and Family

  • Family: Blues & Hairstreaks
  • Size: Small
  • Wing Span Range (male to female): 20-30mm

Conservation Status

  • Butterfly Conservation priority: Low                    
  • European Status: Not threatened

Caterpillar Foodplants

Caterpillars feed on Common Bird's-foot-trefoil and Gorse.


Grassy, flowery places such as Meadows, farmland and wasteland.


  • Northern Spain, France and eastwards to Greece and the Balkans including most of Italy.
  • Distribution Trend Since 1970s: N/A
Short-tailed blue (upperwing) - Tamás Nestor

Short-tailed blue (upperwing)