Black Hairstreak

Black hairstreak

Name: Black Hairstreak

Scientific name: Satyrium pruni

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 80

What are nature stars?


Black hairstreaks are found in mature blackthorn hedgerows and woodland rides. The caterpillars feed on blackthorn, whilst the butterflies spend most of their time high up in ash trees where they feed on honeydew from aphids.

How to identify: The upperwing is brown with orange spots. The underwing is brown with an orange streak. There is a row of black spots near the edge of the wing and a thin white streak across the underwing.

Where: Only found in the East Midlands from Cambridgeshire to Oxfordshire

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 20
  • Agility: 60
  • Rarity: 80
  • Cute factor: 30
  • Traveller: 10

Fantastic fact: The pupa is camouflaged to look like bird poo.

Photograph credit: Philip Precey

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