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Hampshire and
Isle of Wight Branch

Purple Hairstreak - Favonius quercus

Bradley & Fletcher No.: 1557
Agassiz No.: 61.004

This handsome butterfly is widely distributed throughout southern areas wherever there are oak trees; even a solitary tree may support a colony. It is frequently overlooked as adults remain largely in the canopy where the main adult food source is honeydew; they fly more commonly in the evening of a warm summer's day. They are only driven down to seek fluid and nectar during prolonged drought, as occurred in 1995-6.

Post-2000 records
Pre-2000 records

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References

More detailed information on this species can be found on the UK Butterflies website.


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