Purple Hairstreak

Neozephyrus quercus


Wingspan 31 to 50mm. The wing upper-side is purple/black with a purple sheen, which is more extensive on the male, the wing under-side is a grey/brown. The hind wing has a short tail near the body, and two small orange circles. Unfortunately our photos show a specimen that seems to have suffered a bird attack.


Woodland, parks and gardens where the foodplant, Oak, is growing. Often seen flitting around the top of a large tree, but sometimes seen on flowers and brambles. The adult insects feed on honeydew and nectar.

Status and distribution

Widespread and fairly common in England, most of Wales and southern Scotland. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and a small colony exists at Netherfield Lagoons.

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