Mark paid his first visit to Alners Gorse on 17/08/18 after moving to Dorset and was delighted to find this Brown Hairstreak.
This species is not always easy to find much less photograph so he must have been very happy that day.
This is the largest hairstreak found in the British Isles. It is a local species that lives in self-contained colonies that breed in the same area year after year. This species can also prove elusive, since it spends much of its time resting and basking high up in tall shrubs and trees.