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.
- Larval Food Plants
- Key Sites
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.
A photographic slideshow displaying various images of the Black Hairstreak is currently in development.
Details of how you can supply your own photographs for display here will be made available soon.
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.