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Purple HairstreakQuercusia quercus
|Female, 10 August 1978||7 August 1983|
The Purple Hairstreak is usually seen high up in Oak trees in woods,
hedgerows, parks and gardens. It can sometimes be found seeking moisture
closer to ground level, particularly in very dry summers.
Loss of hedgerow oaks could reduce its habitat, but oaks remain quite
common throughout the county and abundant in places, so the species
is not under threat.
Flight PeriodMainly from July to mid August.
DistributionThe species occurs on oaks throughout the area, but it is often overlooked because of its habits. The map gives a misleading impression because of this.