Purple Hairstreak
  Neozephyrus quercus
 


Photograph by Alan Barnes

 


DESCRIPTION:

In the male, wings are dark purple, with black outer margins. The female's wings are dark brown with a purplish blue area on the forewings. A butterfly which is easily overlooked, as it tends to fly around the upper branches of oaks (and alders). So if you go looking for this one, take your binoculars!

Wingspan 33 - 40mm (male), 31 - 38mm (female).

LIFE CYCLE

Single brood, adults appearing in mid-July. Ova laid in July - August, and although larvae develop within three weeks, they overwinter without hatching until April. Larval stage lasts between six and seven weeks. Pupal stage lasts four weeks.

FLIGHT TIMES

July to September.

REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION

This species was added to the Highland list in 2004. It was discovered in oak woods in Morvern.

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