Green Hairstreak

Callophrys rubi

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Stiallach Uaine [IRL]

Thécla de la ronce [F]

Brombeerzipfelfalter [D]

Distribution Map (dark areas indicate presence) and Flight Times of this species - \nNB See General Information page for accuracy information

Boglands, woodlands, hedgerows.

Uncommon. Scattered in several areas.

Gorse, broom, bramble.

28-34mm (1.10 inches)
[Small Tortoiseshell 50mm]

The Green Hairstreak has a very attractive metallic green underside. The upperside is brown but at rest the butterfly always keeps its wings closed.
It is quite small and difficult to see as it is well camouflaged among the green leaves of gorse and other shrubs.