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First Purple Hairstreak butterfly recorded in South Lanarkshire for 175 years


A butterfly, which depends on oak trees for its survival, has been recorded in South Lanarkshire for the first time since 1845.

The Purple Hairstreak, a small butterfly with tell-tale purple colouring on their black upper wings, seems to be increasing in distribution. Mostly found in England and Wales, there has been a recent increase in sightings across parts of Scotland and the first recording to be made in 175 years in South Lanarkshire is an exciting find. MORE

Header image: Mike Pickwell.