Green Hairstreaks

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Green Hairstreaks

Postby jimblack » Sat May 07, 2016 11:43 am

I had my first Green Hairstreaks of the year on Fairlie Moor, NS21545226, on 06.05.16, mainly on gorse. Some were quite worn.
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Re: Green Hairstreaks

Postby John Candlish » Sun May 08, 2016 10:38 pm

I saw my first 2 Green Hairstreaks of the year today (08/05/16) just over Ewe Hill on the edge of Kyle Forest, near Rankinston, Ayrshire (Grid Reference NS4511), other butterflies seen in the Rankinston area today were 7 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Peacocks and 1 Green-veined White.
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Re: Green Hairstreaks

Postby IainH » Tue May 10, 2016 2:14 pm

A Green Hairstreak yesterday and three today at a small raised bog in Ardrossan.

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Re: Green Hairstreaks

Postby John Candlish » Tue May 24, 2016 12:25 am

I revisited the same area just over Ewe Hill on the edge of Kyle Forest, near Rankinston, Ayrshire (Grid References NS4511 and NS4611) yesterday (23/05/16) and I found about 20 butterflies in total but I only had time to search about half of the suitable habitat in the area so there were most likely many more butterflies flying.
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Re: Green Hairstreaks

Postby IainH » Mon May 30, 2016 5:18 pm

Today, I had Green Hairstreaks at two new sites in North Ayrshire (at least there don’t seem to be any previous records for these sites). I flushed one from Blaeberry on Auchentiber Moss at NS355475. Four widely-spaced individuals were in the northern half of neighbouring Dykeneuk Moss (NS346472, NS346474, NS346473, NS348474).

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Re: Green Hairstreaks

Postby AlistairMurdoch » Mon May 30, 2016 9:24 pm

Hi Iain,

a great picture. Maybe too early for Large Heath but I would expect them at some point at both these sites. How accessible did you find these bogs?

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Re: Green Hairstreaks

Postby IainH » Tue May 31, 2016 5:57 pm

Hi Alistair,

Thanks. I look forward to Large Heath season. I plan to visit at least a couple of the small, more overlooked bogs so see if populations are present there. I wonder how small is too small for this species.

Auchentiber Moss was easy to reach because the B778 runs right alongside it. I simply wandered from the road onto the bog. Reaching Dykeneuk Moss was more challenging! From Auchentiber Moss, I had to jump over a barbed wire fence, wade through a marsh, jump over a deep ditch and scale another barbed wire fence. Leaving Dykeneuk Moss to get directly back to the road involved crossing a very large, deep ditch by walking over a treacherous bridge (an ancient, narrow plank of wood about a foot in width, which was covered in wild flowers!). Dykeneuk Moss is so large that there are probably easier routes on and off it (perhaps from the east).

In terms of walking conditions, both bogs were surprisingly dry on my visit. However, the hummocks and hollows on Dykeneuk Moss were pretty exhausting to walk over and every so often my foot would break through some dry ground into a few inches of water underneath. As I recall you mentioning in another post on bogs, this isn't the type of terrain where you can chase after day-flying moths.

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