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The Brown Hairstreak is one of the most elusive butterflies you'll ever come across. They spend most of their time basking and feeding at the top of ash trees and only occasionally come down to nectar on flowers. Your best chance of seeing one is during the egg laying period, when the females descend from the ash trees to lay on young blackthorn shoots. They're real posers too!

Despite being Brown Hairstreak species champion for Warwickshire Butterfly Conservation, im ridiculously unlucky at photographing this species. I finally hit the jackpot last year at Grafton Wood when i staked out one of the core areas for 5 days straight. Maybe ill actually camp there this year :)

For more information, please visit the National Brown Hairstreak Blog: http://betulae.blogspot.com.

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