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Black Hairstreak

Black Hairstreak
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Copyright: Marx Who (Marx44) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-19 11:35
Viewed: 1609
Points: 2
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Black Hairstreak - Satyrium pruni


The Black Hairstreak is an elusive butterfly flying only in bright sunshine... its short jerky flight flitting between the tops of Blackthorn (Sloe) thickets and hedgerows often being the only sign of its presence. This combined with a short adult flight period of little more than two , at best three weeks from the middle of June to early July makes the sighting of this species highly prized by butterfly enthusiasts. In recent years there has been a trend for a slightly earlier adult flight period possibly as a result of recent warmer spring months.

The Black Hairstreak can be very difficult to spot because they spend much of their time up in the tree canopy feeding on the honeydew produced by aphids. To see them at eye level, wait until early evening just as the sun begins to set... many individuals will come down from the tree tops to nectar on various flowers such as Wild Privet Dog Rose Bramble and White/Red Bryony. Individuals tend to crawl through the foliage moving from flower to flower as they feed.

Black Hairstreaks will also venture beyond the tops of the Blackthorn thickets, especially in the early evening when individuals may be seen flying low down across small meadows towards Blackthorn hedgerows beyond. Those lucky enough to see this may see individuals stopping to bask in sheltered hollows within the meadow of feeding on low growing Blackberry, Privet, Black / White Bryony and other flowers which provide rich sweet nectar.

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2012-06-19 15:39]

Hi Marx, congratulations on this nice macro photo of a beautiful butterfly,I know that they fly in Serbia too, but unfortunately I have never seen any ! Regards !

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