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(Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758)
Lycaenidae - Lycaeninae Lycaenidae - Lycaeninae Lycaenidae - Lycaeninae Lycaenidae - Lycaeninae Lycaenidae - Lycaeninae
Small Copper Small Copper Small Copper Small Copper Small Copper
Lycaena phlaeas Lycaena phlaeas Lycaena phlaeas Lycaena phlaeas Lycaena phlaeas
61.001  BF 1561 61.001  BF 1561 61.001  BF 1561 61.001  BF 1561 61.001  BF 1561
(Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758)
Lycaenidae -Theclinae Lycaenidae -Theclinae Lycaenidae -Theclinae Lycaenidae -Theclinae Lycaenidae - Lycaeninae
Brown Hairstreak Brown Hairstreak Brown Hairstreak Purple Hairstreak Small Copper
Thecla betulae Thecla betulae Thecla betulae Neozephyrus quercus Lycaena phlaeas
61.003  BF 1556 61.003  BF 1556 61.003  BF 1556 61.004  BF 1557 61.001  BF 1561

UK Status: Resident.

Wing Span: 36mm to 41mm.

Flight Period: July and August.

Habitat: Woodland and hedgerows with ample Blackthorn.

Comment: A Highly local resident in England, Wales and Ireland. It was more common, but is now restricted to colonies in the south and south west, and a few colonies in the midlands, Lincolnshire and in the west of Ireland.

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UK Status: Resident.

Wing Span: 28mm to 40mmm.

Flight Period: May and June, again in July and August.

Habitat: Sheltered sunny places where the food plants grow.

Comment: Common, and wide spread in the UK. Males and females are sexually dimorphic, the female is larger, and her fore wing has less acute angles.

(Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758)
Lycaenidae -Theclinae Lycaenidae -Theclinae Lycaenidae -Theclinae Lycaenidae -Theclinae Lycaenidae -Theclinae
Brown Hairstreak Green Hairstreak Green Hairstreak Green Hairstreak Green Hairstreak
Thecla betulae Callophrys rubi Callophrys rubi Callophrys rubi Callophrys rubi
61.003  BF 1556 61.005  BF 1555 61.005  BF 1555 61.005  BF 1555 61.005  BF 1555

UK Status: Resident.

Wing Span: 36mm to 41mm.

Flight Period: July to September.

Habitat: Open parts of woods and hedgerows where Blackthorn grows.

Comment: Local in England, Wales and Ireland, it was more common. In England just a few colonies in the south, and south west, the midlands, Lincolnshire and west Ireland.

UK Status: Resident.

Wing Span: 27mm to 34mm.

Flight Period: April to June.

Habitat: Heaths, moors and open woods,  with the food plants.

Comment: Common, and wide spread in the British Isles. It can be quite localised in the more northerly parts of the British mainland, due to the habitat requirements of the species.

(Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758)      
Lycaenidae -Theclinae Lycaenidae -Theclinae      
Purple Hairstreak Purple Hairstreak      
Neozephyrus quercus Neozephyrus quercus      
61.004  BF 1557 61.004  BF 1557      

UK Status: Resident.

Wing Span: 33mm to 40mm.

Flight Period: July and August.

Habitat: Oak woodland.

Comment: A high tree dweller, and is not often seen near the ground. Male and females are sexually dimorphic. The female having reduced purple patches fore wing, the male being purple over most of the upper side.

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