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Possible Purple Hairstreak

Observed: 3rd September 2013 By: LinacrebloggerLinacreblogger’s reputation in InvertebratesLinacreblogger’s reputation in InvertebratesLinacreblogger’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Very tatty individual

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Purple Hairstreak (Neozephyrus quercus) interacts

Comments

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Purple Hairstreak

Thanks for the agreement. Do you think it's a female?

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PH

Possibly discernable features are the faint streak and possibly raggy tail was it hot or windy I'd wait for consensus as its not a prime specimen

HTH

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Purple Hairstreak

It was very sunny and about 21 degrees. The butterfly seemed to be drinking from some wet mud by the side of the reservoir.

I think the tail's missing, or at least, very tatty.

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Hairstreak

Yes they do come down to drink in very arid hot conditions when the aphid dews are less fluid otherwise they spend a lot of time in the canopy not noticed they are quite a small butterfly so you did well to spot it. I see them along Oak lined railways in the cloughs and valleys of Yorks where the teerrain sometimes allows you to get above canopies on hillslopes

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PH

Yes, I was very pleased to see it, as I've visited this site for many years and never seen one before. I also managed another 9 species of butterfly today including a Clouded Yellow and Painted Lady. Here's a link to my blog

http://linacreblogger.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/sightings-of-year.html