View of a brown butterfly with a purple patch on the wings resting in an oak tree

Purple Hairstreak. Photo: Ann Barlow

View of a brown butterfly with a purple patch on the wing resting in an oak tree

Purple Hairstreak. Photo: Ann Barlow

Two more photos from one of Ann’s favourite places for butterflies and this time a bit of a surprise as she tells us:

I’m attaching a couple of photos taken today at the DWT Reserve orchid field in Waterloo Rd, Corfe Mullen and I wonder if you’d be kind enough to say what you think this butterfly is.  I’m holding my breath a bit, as I think it might be a Purple Hairstreak! Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get a closed-wing view, or the lower part of the rear wing to see the shape, but comparing it to photos on the Butterfly Conservation website, I’m hoping……

As I first saw it, it was flying up into one of the oak trees on the edge of the field, and I just managed to get a few photos at the same angle, before it flew into the upper branches and was lost to sight. 

Editor’s Note: These photos have been referred to our Dorset BC verifiers who have confirmed that it is in fact a female Purple Hairstreak

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