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Butterflies - Black Hairstreak (Satyrium pruni)

A single male was caught on a railway embankment near the Fosse Way between Harbury and Leamington Spa in 1928. This is the only known record in the region.

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Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) and occasionally Wild Plum (Prunus domestica)

The Black Hairstreak has specific environmental requirements. Colonies tend to breed year after year in the same small area of habitat, with individuals rarely wandering far from the main colony.

The Black Hairstreak prefers dense, mature stands of Blackthorn, growing in sheltered positions alongside rides and clearings in woods and woodland edges.

Extinct in Warwickshire.


Find out more about the Black Hairstreak online at the following links;

Flight Chart
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult Black Hairstreak butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.

Black Hairstreak Flight Chart

Distribution Maps

Black Hairstreak - 2011 records / distribution. Black Hairstreak - 2010 records / distribution. Black Hairstreak - 2000 to 2009 records / distribution.
2011 (1yr) 2010 (1yr) 2000-09 (10yr)

Black HairstreakBlack Hairstreak © Steven Cheshire - Glapthorn

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