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False head... - Parrhasius m-album

False head... - Parrhasius m-album
St Pete Beach, Pinellas County, Florida, USA
May 27, 2008
Size: less than 1 inch
Ive heard of butterflies having a false head with false antennae to reduce the chance of being decapitated by birds... never saw it in the wild, this is awesome... Is this a Bartram's Scrub Hairstreak, or maybee a Gray Hairstreak ?

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Consider "White M Hairstreak" (Parrhasius m-album), which according to Kaufman's Field Guide, p.92, is "a large eastern hairstreak, most common in the south..." The field guide picture looks exactly like yours. Most interesting to me is that the upper side, apparently visible only in flight, is brilliant blue!

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