Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Green Hairstreak

Callophrys rubi, not the easiest species to spot especially when its feeding off the flowers of the Hawthorn bush or just perched in the sunshine on a green leaf.
A very small species with a wingspan of 33mm and only 15mm when closed. 
It flies between mid April to mid July, although I would not expect to find it until the beginning of May.












36 comments:

  1. how beautiful this butterfly is Roy; great for you to observe and for us to see from afar

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  2. What a lovely butterfly, must keep my eyes open for this one now I know what to look for and where!

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    1. Thanks D. It likes Hawthorn bushes.

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  3. Beautiful little butterflies Roy and you've captured some cracking images here. Sadly, as yet, I've not seen any this year...soon I hope !...[;o)

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  4. Superb shots, Roy. I'm hoping to see one this year :-)

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  5. Dear Roy
    Very greats photos my friend !

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  6. They may be small, but they are sure enough little jewels. Great shots of them.

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    1. Thanks Wilma, yes they sparkle a bit in the right light.{:))

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  7. Hello Roy!
    WOW, these pics are gorgeous!
    That one lycanidae I don't see often around my area, maybe one a year!
    Graphically my favorite shots are 1 and 9! :)
    Fantastic!

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    1. Thanks Noushka. I only know of two places to find them, but I am usually lucky enough.

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  8. A little stunner Roy.
    None here yet.

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  9. Great shots, Roy!
    Thanks for sharing... the details are amazing!
    Last week we found a strange butterfly, over here, as you probably must had seen...
    Have a great week
    Ana

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    1. Thanks Ana, I know you get quite a wide variety there.

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  10. geweldig wat een mooi groentje die heb ik nog nooit gezien.

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  11. Some cracking close ups there Roy. Looks as though your spell of poor photo opportunities is over.

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  12. They are little beauties. Some nice captures :-)

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  13. Hey Roy... Just stunning breath-taken photos!! What a lovely little subject and buds and blooms, gorgeous!!

    Grace

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  14. Wow, what great shots Roy, these are simply fantastic pics :-) I came across my first Green Hairstreaks up on the Moors last weekend :-)

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  15. Stunning is right! Absolutely gorgeous!

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  16. Great shots! I've never seen these butterflies.

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    1. Thanks Alison, they are very small and unless you know of a site where they frequent then its difficult to see them.

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  17. Lovely photos. I've been looking out for Green Hairstreak butterflies but have yet to see one this spring.

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  18. Here I am really jealous. The little green butterflies come in Netherlands alone on the island of Texel and I want them too so like to photograph. Truly a fantastic series.
    Thick compliment.

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    1. Thanks Helma. They can only be found in certain areas here.
      Ze kunnen alleen worden gevonden in bepaalde gebieden hier.

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