Friday, 27 July 2007

Purple Hairstreak (Neozephyrus quercus)

Adult Purple Hairstreak (subspeciesN. q. interjectus) at Brigstock, Northants - July 2011

Featured Subspecies: Neozephyrus quercus interjectus
Length: ?
Wingspan: 31-40mm
UK Status: Least Concern IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

Supposedly the most common of the hairstreak butterflies found in the UK, the Purple Hairstreak resembles one of the blue butterflies when its wings are open, and when they are closed, like many of the other hairstreaks, from which it is differentiated from by the lesser amount of orange on the outer wings. As with most hairstreaks they are primarily found high in the treetops but come down to ground level to bask in sunlight.

Related Species:
Family: Lycaenidae 
Genus: Neozephyrus
SUBSPECIES: N. q. interjectus, N. q. longicaudatus, N. q. iberica

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A widespread but secretive canopy species
 - Seen in GeddingtonBrigstock and Hamspstead Heath

Further Notes: RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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