- Family: Lycaenidae
- Scientific name: Satyrium esculi (Hübner 1804) (Nordmannia esculi)
- English common name: False Ilex Hairstreak
- Spanish common name: Querquera
The False Ilex Hairstreak – Satyrium esculi – Querquera is a fairly small butterfly with a grey / brown ground colour to the under wings, which may carry a broken white line. The hind edge may also carry orangey / red spots. The brown upper wings are rarely revealed. This species favours areas of maquis with low growing oaks.
The caterpillars of this species can grow up to 2cm long and are green, tapered towards the tail.
- Wing size: 30-34mm
- Altitude: 500-1300m
- Flight time: May-August
- Over-wintering: Caterpillar or remaining in egg
- Caterpillar food plant: Low growing Oaks (Quercus sp.)
- Distribution: Iberia, southern France
Similar species: Ilex Hairstreak (Satyrium ilicis) which has a darker, richer brown ground colour.
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