Finland’s national butterfly is the holly blue
14 June 2017
To mark Finland’s centenary of independence, the holly blue (Celastrina argiolus) was voted the national butterfly of Finland. The first runner-up was the European peacock, and the mourning cloak reached the third place. Over 6,300 Finns favoured the holly blue over other candidates. All in all, 36,500 votes were cast during the spring.
Holly blue (Celastrina argiolus) – Finland’s national butterfly. Photo: Marianne Niemelä.
The holly blue is one of the nine common blue butterflies in Finland. The species is widespread, but may be difficult to spot since it tends to fly high. The holly blue can be seen throughout the country. The species is common in Southern and Central Finland, and during the 21st century it has also spread to Northern Finland and Lapland.
Finland already has a national bird, animal, flower, fish, and tree.
Several Finnish butterfly species have become rare due to changes in their environment. One of the aims of the national butterfly project was to spread consciousness about the butterflies of Finland and their environment.
The First Lady of Finland, Mrs. Jenni Haukio, is the patron of the project.
The project was organized by Vuokon Luonnonsuojelusäätiö (The Vuokko Foundation for Nature Conservation), Suomen luonnonsuojeluliitto (The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation), Suomen Luonto, Suomen Perhostutkijain Seura ry, and Etelä-Karjalan Allergia- ja Ympäristöinstituutti.
Photo: Jussi Murtosaari.
Finland votes for a national butterfly!
15 March 2017
Several Finnish nature organizations ask Finnish people to vote for a butterfly to represent the nation. The winner of the vote will be named as the national butterfly of Finland, in honor of Finland’s 100th anniversary as an independent state.
The national butterfly of Finland will be decided by an online vote. All Finns have a say in which butterfly species deserves the national designation.
The project is organized by Vuokon Luonnonsuojelusäätiö (The Vuokko Foundation for Nature Conservation), Suomen luonnonsuojeluliitto (The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation), Suomen Luonto, Suomen Perhostutkijain Seura ry, and Etelä-Karjalan Allergia- ja Ympäristöinstituutti.
Voting takes place from 15 March until 4 June 2017.
The winner will be crowned as the national butterfly of Finland in June 2017.