The large blue butterfly became extinct in the UK in 1979. A campaign to recreate suitable habitat for the large blue and then reintroduce it began in the 1980s, and there are now several populations in this country.
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Scientific name: Maculinea arion
The following habitats are found across the Large blue butterfly distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Year assessed: 1996
Classified by: IUCN 2.3