Cranberry blue - Vacciniina optilete


Family: Lycaenidae

Flight Time: June - August

Size: 24-30mm

Altitude: 100-2800m

Underside. Pictured In Switzerland, this was definitely on my 'wish list'. A gloriously coloured blue with an entirely characteristic underside. Unfortunately I only saw one single specimen and had about 10 seconds to get some photos. We shall meet again!


Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution


Cranberry Bogs/Heaths

Cranberry blue distribution.


Early Stages




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