Brown Hairstreak Butterfly

John Stather visited our information point at the Ashtead Village Day on Saturday.

He mentioned that he walks through the Rye Meadows from time to time and, on one occasion, he saw to his great surprise and delight, a Brown Hairstreak Butterfly - one that is fairly unusual and not often seen.

Amongst all the British Butterflies - it is the last to emerge in the summer and often not until early August.  It breeds on Blackthorn and the female will lay eggs say during August through September which will overwinter. 

He took a photo of the Brown Hairstreak whilst on a Blackberry plant on 22 July 2019 - a date that is unusually early for this butterfly - and he saw it on Footpath 24 just over the river going north from Preston Grove.


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