Wednesday 14 July 2010

The search is on for Islay's first Purple Hairstreak

After a week of typical holiday weather on Arran, the sun finally decided to make a brief appearance and I decided to search for a butterfly I have always wanted to see - the tiny Purple Hairstreak. I won't bore you with the details because I could go on for hours about it, but - fanfare - I saw it! Now, obviously, this is Arran, not Islay, but it has been recorded there before, as well as Colonsay, so why not Islay? It likes oak trees (its Latin name is Neozephyrus quercus - quercus being Latin for Oak) so, get out there looking - I'm not giving any more clues than that because I want to be first to see it!

Those of you who know me will recognize the hand!

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