Blue-spot Hairstreak (Satyrium spini)
Species

Taken in the Paklenica National Park, Croatia, on June 9th 2017.
(1/640th sec at f14. Approx 3.25x lifesize. © David Hastings)

Description

Wing span: 28 - 34mm

A distinctive species that has a false 'head' with a large blue 'eye' on each hindwing. There is a bold white streak on both wings. The sexes are similar.

It is widespread and common in southern and central Europe. It is declining in NW Europe. It is not found in the British Isles.

It is found in bushy meadows, dry scrub near woodland margins, and scrubby mountain slopes up to 2000m.

There is one generation per year, from late May to late July.

The main larval foodplants are Buckthorns (Rhamnus spp).

Sightings

20-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France

09-Jun-2017 : Paklenica National Park, Croatia
08-Jun-2017 : Paklenica National Park, Croatia
07-Jun-2017 : Veliki Crnopac, Croatia