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  61.004 PURPLE HAIRSTREAK (Neozephyrus quercus) Linnaeus  

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PICTURE: Male seen at Satnall Hills on Cannock Case, Staffordshire, August 1988.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This species is a high tree dweller, and is not often seen near the ground. Male and females are sexually dimorphic. The female only having reduced purple patches on the upper fore wing, the male being purple over most of the upper side.

 

WING SPAN: 33mm to 40mm.                                             STATUS: Resident.

 

FLIGHT PERIOD: This butterfly is single brood, and on the wing from July and into August. Their habitats are mature Oak wood land, and can be seen in suburban parks and gardens where there are mature Oaks. They are often seen flying rapidly around the tops of tall Oaks on sunny days, and they also fly quite late into the evening.

 

LARVAL PERIOD: Eggs are laid in July in ones, or two's adjacent to next years leaf buds. The eggs hatch in the following spring, and caterpillars can be found in April and May. The pupa is dark brown and formed under ground, it is believed that they may pupate in ants nests.

 

HABITAT: Their habitats are mature Oak wood land,

FOOD PLANT/S: The food plant for this caterpillar is oak leaves.

SIMILAR SPECIES: There is a superficial resemblance to the other hook-tips.

           
               
             
               
             
 

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