Purple hairstreak - Quercusia quercus

Underside  

Family: Lycaenidae

Flight Time: June - September

Size: 24-28mm

Altitude: 0-2000m

Reasonably common wherever there is a reasonable amount of Oak trees nearby. However they are often overlooked because of there tree dwelling habits. Late afternoon seems the best time for them as they tend to dart about from branch to branch more often, also a pair of binoculars is invaluable for trying to get a closer look.

 

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Quercus - Oak

Oak woods.

Purple hairstreak distribution

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