Satyrium esculi

False Ilex Hairstreak

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by Matt Rowlings

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Burgos, Spain, July 2011

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Middle Atlas, Morocco, June 2005

Field notes and information

A butterfly of very hot dry scrub habitats. It is found in Mediterranean habitats and semi-desert regions.

Identification & Similar species: Very similar to the ilex hairstreak, S. ilicis. See that page for more information.

Also similar to the sloe hairstreak, , which has ligher underside ground colour and orange spots confined to the lower half of the hindwing around the tail which often almost merge together.

Distribution & Flight: Southern France, Iberia and north Africa. It is often common where found. In Morocco it is abundant in most places where scrub oaks grow - and that is a very large area indeed in the High and Middle Atlas mountains. It flies in June and July, old specimens are found in August.

Habitat & Behaviour: Flies rapidly around scrub oaks, settling occasionally for nectar.

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Var, France, July 2009

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Prov. Malaga, Spain, July 2013

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Var, France, August 2010

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Middle Atlas, Morocco, June 2005

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Prov. Malaga, Spain, July 2013

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Var, France, July 2009

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Var, France, August 2010

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Grenada, Spain, July 2013