Green Hairstreak
 Callophrys rubi
 

Green Hairstreak - Bill Slater

This example was photographed at Buckie Loch, Culbin Forest in May 2006 (Bill Slater)


DESCRIPTION:

This butterfly is unmistakable, with its green underwings. However, it can be inconspicuous when at rest and in flight, so it is easily overlooked. For a full description, please click on the link to Butterfly Conservation's main website at the bottom of this page.

Wingspan 27 -34mm.

LIFE CYCLE

Adults usually appear in May, although in some years, for example 2007, they may be seen in late April. Overwinters as pupa.

FLIGHT TIMES

May to mid-June.

REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION

Distributed throughout most of mainland area and Inner Hebrides. Look out for this species in the vicinity of larval foodplants, which include billberry, gorse and broom.

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