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First Green Hairstreak

Observed: 25th April 2011 By: jccurdjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebrates

I've been fascinated by butterflies all my life but, until this weekend, I'd never seen a Hairstreak of any description. Mind you, with camouflage this good, is it any wonder? Now I've seen Green Hairstreaks on two days in two locations.
I love the texture the light is giving to this beautiful creature.

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Species with which Green Hairstreak (Callophrys rubi) interacts


Nature girl's picture

It is a lovely butterfly and

It is a lovely butterfly and is on my list of ones to see. I'm hoping to cross the Silver-studded Blue and Swallowtail off my list this summer, but there are still too many species I have yet to see in England...!

jccurd's picture

I had to ...

... cross the channel to see the swallow tails where, oddly, I seemed to see more "Scarce Swallowtails" than "Common Swallowtails". I, too, have never seen one in England.

Now, as for a Camberwell Beauty ... dream on!


Nature girl's picture

Now that would be good! I've

Now that would be good!

I've seen the Common Swallowtail in France, but there are some good sites for them in Norfolk so I think I have a pretty good chance of seeing them. Getting a good photo though might be more of a challenge as I seem to remember the one in France being very flittish and chasing it around for quite a while with my camera!

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A really green Green Hairstreak!

What a beautifully green Green Hairstreak!
Here in West Yorkshire some of ours have an almost bluish tinge (viridian), and the white dots or dashes may extend on to the upper wings. It does seem that there is some regional variation. Anyway, yours is a super photo of a lovely insect.


jccurd's picture

Far too Green

You're quite right, Anne - far too green, I'd say. Cameras do lie, after all. At least, mine does the way I had it set.

I used to be a fan of Fuji Velvia film so I've got my digital camera set to attempt to emulate it, with the colour saturation cranked up a bit. Added to this, I use a close focus-ring on a long telephoto lens and find it generally necessary to under-expose by 2/3rds stop, particularly for dragonflies.

Those two things together, particularly the saturation, do tend to play havoc with greens especially. (Velvia had strong greens as I remember, as well.)

Anyway, I've replaced the shot with one that I've adjusted to reflect reality more accurately, I hope.

I'm sure there are regional/individual variations as well, though. :))