Re: [british_insects] Blue damage
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From: "Chris Townsend"
> What you think happened to this butterfly and why?
> Chris :)
A close encounter of the bird kind?
- Alien attack indeed :)
Was thinking had seen same damage in a tropical longtailed blue some years ago which when at rest or feeding, often move their hind wings distracting predators to the false eyes and antennae...have seen some Uk blues make this same hind wing movement and that it likewise works as a distractor and on this occasion has worked well even without big false eyes and wing protusions
The long tailed blue at http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/species.php?species=boeticus
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Brian Price" <brian@...> wrote:
> A close encounter of the bird kind?
> Brian Price
It could have been worse - have a look at this Cinnabar Moth (still flying!)