Purple Hairstreak

Favonius quercus

This was the first time I had ever laid eyes on this butterfly. I was on holiday in Torquay, and was walking along the cliff tops when I spotted it flitting amongst the Fennel blooms. I was hoping to catch a photo of it with its wings open for me, but alas it would not oblige. However, I was delighted to see such a beautiful underside.

This is Britain’s commonest hairstreak, and it is mainly found in oak woodland in the south. I was lucky to have glimpsed it, for they are not seen very often as they tend to keep to the tree canopy where they feed on honeydew. The caterpillars feed mainly on oaks (Quercus) of all kinds.

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17 thoughts on “Purple Hairstreak

  1. Wow! how beautiful! if its underside looks like that i cant even imagine how gorgeous she looks with her wings open. its just a great photo so glad i found your blog pictures like this just make me happie! πŸ™‚

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  2. Reblogged this on My Garden Bio-Diversity and commented:
    Been a disastrous summer for butterflies in and around Lincoln, heard the east coast is doing ok, south coast too!. Don’t know how Chambers Wood, near Bardney, is doing this year, but in previous years the Purple Hairstreak, Marbled White, and the White Admiral have been my pleasure to observe and record. Long before digital cameras, so no images, but yours are amazing! A blog well worthy of a reblog, thanks for sharing.

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