Ilex Hairstreak (Satyrium ilicis)

Taken in the Paklenica National Park, Croatia, on June 8th 2017.
(1/1000th sec at f13. Approx 3x lifesize. © David Hastings)


Wing span: 34 - 40 mm

This species is similar to the Black Hairstreak but has less orange on its hindwings.

It is found in much of western and central Europe, but is largely absent from Iberia and isn't found at all in the British Isles.

Its preferred habitats vary from hot, dry oak scrub, to damp or dry heaths, and forest clearings.

There is one brood per year, with the flight period from late May to early August according to altitude. The ovum is the overwintering stage.

The larval foodplants are Quercus spp.

Adults will take nectar from Bramble and Thyme blossom.


21-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