Recorded sightings in 2009: 50
Recorded sightings in 2010: 16
Status in Rother: Widely distributed but probably greatly under-recorded due to its propensity to stay high in the canopy.
Habitat: Colonies of Purple Hairstreak are associated with oak woods, ancient park woodlands, hedgerow and lane-side oaks, heathland oak scrub, oak screens along the edge of conifer plantations, and even colonise those in towns. In groups of oaks there is usually a favourite tree and isolated oaks may support colonies that have become self-contained on the same tree for many years.
ID Tips: Usually only seen as a tiny pale dot flying above the oak canopy. Check the top of oaks in evening sunshine.
First sighting in Rother (2009): 11 June
Recorded by: Charlie Winchester
UK Distribution trend: -15%
Ten year UK Population trend (1995-2004): -23%
Long term UK population trend: 53%