Purple Hairstreak butterflies

This is from Gill & Kate who took the photos.

Purple Hairstreak (male)

There were dozens of butterflies, including loads of Commas which Kate was photographing when Gill noticed a small grey thing flitting up under the oaks and wondered if this was a Purple Hairstreak. A little further on, Kate found this and knew it was different. Sadly damaged, perhaps by a bird but this was their first ever real-life sighting.

Purple Hairstreak underwings but damaged

 

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