We have a lot of new visitors to this blog. Not sure many of you know that I have been chasing butterflies with my camera since 1997. Hairstreaks are some of my favorites and thought I'd share some with you. My butterfly website has more see a lot more butterflies there.
Striped Hairstreak, Satyrium liparops one of my favorites, this was found in South Carolina on a canoe trip, totally unexpected. I have seen these in North Carolina and Virgina also.
Here is an Satyrium sylvinus taken in California back in 2002 with my trusty D30 camera.
Arcadian Hairstreak, Satyrium acadica taken in New York back in 2003 taken with my Canon D10. This one location was given to me and I have only seen it at this one location.
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak, Strymon istapa I think this is from south Texas, I have seen them in southern Florida also.
We get these in the yard, here it is on our plum tree. You can tell that it is a White M hairstreak when you see it fly, it flashes a brilliant iridescent blue in flight.
Calycopis isobeon I found these common in south Texas. The look a lot like our Red-banded Hairstreak.
Edward's Hairstreak, Satyrium edwardsii Fairly hard to find unless you know where to look for it. June is a good time to find then in the North Carolina Sandhills.
Great Purple Hairstreak, Atlides halesus Both images are from our yard, one in the spring on American Plum the other in summer on Apple Mint. I really wanted photo of this hairstreak, I traveled 2 hours to find it and later found them in our garden.
King's Hairstreak, Satyrium kingi Pretty rare and hard to find. This was taken in the North Carolina Sandhills in June of 2004.
Satyrium caryaevorum This is found in North Carolina and is extremely rare, but I found this one in New York where they are much more common..
Martial Scrub-Hairstreak, Strymon martialis This was found in the Florida Keys way back in 2002! These images have been hidden away for a long time! The photo below shows it with the wings open.
Leda Ministreak, Ministrymon leda I found this tiny tiny ministreak in a puddle in southern Arizona. This is the only Leda I have ever seen.
White Scrub-Hairstreak, Strymon albata When I found this in south Texas back in 2004 it had recently been found in the US for the first time.
Silver-banded Hairstreak, Chlorostrymon simaethis This hairstreak was found in south Texas in 2004. Certainly on of the coolest I have ever seen.
Xami Hairstreak, Callophrys xami I found this also in South Texas in 2004. It is one of the most prized hairstreaks to find in the US.
Bramble Hairstreak, Callophrys perplexa This was found in Colorado. Could not have found a fresher one I believe. It is also a tailless hairstreak.
The news says we broke a record with five days in a row with temps in the 100s! Three more 100 degree days expected next weekend...