Species index

Chapman's Green Hairstreak

(Callophrys avis)

 

19/04/12 Var (83)

Arbutus unedo 19/04/12 Var (83)

Egg on Arbutus unedo 19/04/12 Var (83)

Female inspecting Arbutus unedo 19/04/12 Var (83)

19/04/12 Var (83)

19/04/12 Var (83)

19/04/12 Var (83)

19/04/12 Var (83)

19/04/12 Var (83)

19/04/12 Var (83)

19/04/12 Var (83)

19/04/12 Var (83)

In France this species is limited to Mediterranean areas where it lays its eggs on Arbutus unedo trees in the maquis. It is quite difficult to find even at known sites. Also the Green Hairstreak, Callophrys rubi, is infinitely commoner at these same sites just to make things complicated! All the photos on this page were taken on the same day at a site in the Var where several butterflies were on the wing, all of which appeared to be females. Once you get your eye in, identification becomes a little easier. Compared with C.rubi, C.avis is larger and 'greener'. C.rubi regularly appeared 'bluer' in this habitat. In flight C.avis shows some light brownish colouration from the uppersides whereas C.rubi is dull in this respect. The white stripe is usually complete in C.avis and often less obvious in C.rubi. The best clue comes from the undersides of the antennal clubs which are extensively rust coloured. Some of this colouring is visible around the eyes too. C.rubi has only a rusty tip to the antennae and pure white eye rims. C.rubi has very 'zebra' legs and antennae; this is less obvious on C.avis.

Species index