|Maniola.jurtina. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons|
|Female by Böhringer Friedrich. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 at via Wikimedia Commons|
The species is univoltine (a new word for me) meaning that there is just one brood per year (cf. most blues which are bivoltine in the south). Although it remains the commonest butterfly in the UK, numbers have declined massively over the last century. This, it will come as no surprise, is largely due to changes in agricultural practice. They require mixed species grass meadows which are cut late, ideally with flower-filled hedges nearby.
Courtship is a peculiar affair: after a short dance the males envelop the females with a heavy scent (discernible to some humans as 'old cigar box', 'musty hay', or 'dirty socks'). She then descends to a suitable perch and mating commences.
Sounds a bit dodgy to me!