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Green Hairstreak Posing

By dukes_jewel
Green Hairstreak - Callophrys rubi

The genus name Callophrys is a Greek word meaning "beautiful eyebrows", while the species Latin name rubi derives from Rubus (bramble), one of its host plants.

The iridescent green colour of the undersides is a structural colour caused by diffraction and interference of light by microscopic repeating structures in the wing scales. The upper side of the wings is a uniform dull brown with two paler patches on the male's forewings made up of scent scales. They never rest with their wings open, in order to maintain their "green" camouflage.

Tags: Butterfly Green hairstreak Wildlife and nature Callophrys rubi

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Jerrin 4 23 England
16 Jun 2016 3:25PM
Beautiful shot, lovely fine detail.

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RonnieAG Plus
9 154 118 Scotland
16 Jun 2016 5:13PM
Fine image, the wonderful colouring of the wings so well captured.
JuBarney Plus
8 33 4 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2016 5:56PM
A beauty
Beanie76 10 16 2
16 Jun 2016 8:02PM
Love the colours. Perfect DOF as well Smile

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