Green Hairstreak - Callophrys rubi


It gets its name from the green hue found on the underside of the hindwings, which are peppered with large silver spots. The forewings are orangey in colour with dark spots.

Identification difficulty

Grassland habitats nectaring on Thistles and Knapweed.

When to see it

April to July

Life History

There is one generation each year.

UK Status

This butterfly can be found throughout the British Isles, especially in coastal areas, but is local in distribution.

VC55 Status

Rather infrequent and localised in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map