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Purple Hairstreak Butterfly


Purple Hairstreaks are widespread but rarely noticed as it is a small butterfly that keeps to the tops of the oak trees on which its caterpillars feed.  Even the butterfly rarely comes down to feed on nectar from flowers.  It prefers "honeydew" (sugary aphid exudates up in the trees.  They fly in July & August.

UK Butterflies -Purple Hairstreak

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