Sloe hairstreak - Satyrium acaciae


Family: Lycaenidae

Flight Time: June - July

Size: 34-36mm

Altitude: 0-2000m

Notes:  A male is pictured above. The grey spot just below the tail is the best way to identify the Sloe hairstreak. The female has a black tip to her body which is an excellent diagnostic feature as well.

Mark Ogden photographed this thirsty specimen in Bulgaria.




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Sloe hairstreak distribution


Early Stages




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