Purple Hairsteak. Photo: Richard Belding
The Purple Hairstreaks at our Alners Gorse Butterfly Reserve are being very obliging – it’s rare to be able to catch photos like this.Taken on 10/07/2017.
A photo of a Purple Hairstreak with open wings we published a few days ago looked quite purply-blue, so it’s interesting to see this one, which looks such a plain brown. It is presumably a female, though they usually have a purple streak on the forewing. The angle at which the photo is taken can make quite a difference.
Dorset has four of the five Hairstreaks: the Green, the Brown, the Purple and the White-letter. The Green is out earlier in the year, but the White-letter and the Purple are out now, and we need help recording them for different reasons. Continue reading
Purple Hairstreak. Photo: Malcolm Wemyss
Malcolm says: “Purple Hairstreaks have been really numerous on Alners Gorse, unusually descending from the oak canopy and settling around eye level. This has provided an unprecedented opportunity to take smartphone pictures, so here’s one on buckthorn.” Taken on 08/07/2017
Purple Hairstreak. Photos: Brian Arnold
Purple Hairstreak photographed at our Alners Gorse reserve on 22/07/2016 where Brian Arnold reports seeing at least 14 of these beautiful butterflies as well as a few White-letter Hairstreaks and Silver-washed Fritillaries, including a single Valesina form!
Purple Hairstreak. Photo: Richard Belding
A Purple Hairstreak, photographed at our Alners Gorse reserve on 14/07/2016 by Richard Belding. If you are going hunting for these butterflies, which spend most of their time at tree top level, try looking at the tops of oak trees in the early evening, when they may be see whirling around “like silver pennies”
Purple Hairstreak. Photo: Elaine Conlon
This Purple Hairstreak was photographed by Elaine Conlon at our Alners Gorse reserve on 14/07/2016.
Purple Hairstreak. Photo: Mark Brown
This was found by Mark Brown on the Lydlinch Butterfly walk on 25 June, which is probably the first Dorset record this year. We guess it was freshly emerged from an underground pupa attended by ants, which thanks to Jeremy Thomas’ researches seems now to be the accepted life story.
No Purple Hairstreak has yet been reported to the website – get those binoculars out! More information on our species page.
Purple Hairstreak – Giving me the eye! Photo: Brian Arnold
A wonderful image taken at our Alners Gorse reserve on 25/07/2015. From this angle you can see the fluffy hair covering much of this Purple Hairstreak’s body.
Purple Hairstreak. Photo: Chris Rowland
A glorious image of a Purple Hairstreak butterfly, photographed at our Alners Gorse reserve on 18/07/2015.