A dark little butterfly that spends the majority of its life in the tree tops, feeding on honeydew, making it best observed through binoculars. The upper sides are a dark brown with a small orange spot in the bottom corner of the hindwing. The male has a small pale spot on the forewings made up of scent scales. The undersides are a lighter brown with a thin white line, the “hairstreak”, which gives this group of butterflies their name. On the hindwing this streak zigzags to form a letter ‘W’ (or ‘M’) from which this species gets its name. The outer edge of the hindwing has an orange border, but there is no orange on the forewings as on the similar black hairstreak and there are two short tails on the hindwings. Part of a group known as “lateral baskers”, they always rest with their wings closed. An excerpt from Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia. Click anywhere on the excerpt to read more really interesting data on this species.
Of all the Hairstreaks, the Green, and Purple are the 2 I have recorded the most. This one, the Brown-letter Hairstreak is a first for me, well pleased! It was snapped on flowers growing in a border just under the perimeter of the lower branches of a huge, mature Elm.
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