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Dieren en planten

Green hairstreak   Heath family   Cross-leaved heath   Butterflies   

Water en land

  • Dut: Groentje
  • Lat: Callophrys rubi
  • Ger: Brombeerzipfelfalter
  • Eng: Green hairstreak
  • Fre: Argus vert
green hairstreak on bluebells, foto fitis, sytske dijksen

Green hairstreak

Green hairstreeks live in heathlands. The caterpillars live off of heather bushes. The adult butterflies are very conspicuous in May with their very green wings. In the Netherlands, its distribution regions used to be limited to heather fields in the eastern part of the country. However since 1996, they have also settled on the Wadden Islands.

On Texel

In 1996, the first green hairstreak was seen on Texel. That was exceptional, since this butterfly wasn't seen anywhere in the rest of the northern part of the Netherlands. In the following years, green hairstreaks were seen more often and not just on Texel. They've now been spotted on Vlieland and Terschelling and near Den Helder and Wieringen.