61.004 .... B&F 1557
Purple Hairstreak Favonius quercus (Linnaeus, 1758) .... Formerly known as Neozephyrus quercus
Status .....Generally widespread, though not across all parts of Nottinghamshire, the Purple Hairstreak's arboreal habits make it very much an under-recorded butterfly. It probably occurs in all decent sized woods, where it goes unnoticed. The adults rarely descend from the upper reaches of Oak, but males will often occur around Ash (Fraxinus) or other adjacent trees, utilising them as perches from which to wait for females or chase away rival males. On very hot afternoons, adults will sometimes descend to lower levels for a period of time. There is an indication that the butterfly's numbers reached a low point during 2007 and 2008, but there have been signs of a slight recovery since.
Photographed at Clipstone Old Quarter August 2009
Photographed at Lound Wood July 2003
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Purple Hairstreak
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). NBGRC. Lound Moth Group.

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Updated January 2019

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