Green Hairstreak (Callophrys rubi)

Cheshire local information

When to see: May-June

Where to see: Scrub on Moorland and Heathland

Behaviour: Perch

Wingspan: 27-34mm

Caterpillar food plant: Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) and Cranberry (V. oxycoccus)

Cheshire status: Less widely distributed than during the nineteenth century and now relatively scarce on the Cheshire Plain due to loss of habitat. Most populations presently confined to the Pennine foothills where numbers appear stable. Single-brooded flying from late April to mid-June. Main foodplants in Cheshire are Bilberry and Cranberry.

Green Hairstreak butterfly