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Strymon melinus? - Strymon melinus - female

Strymon melinus? - Strymon melinus - Female
Aromas, San Benito County, California, USA
August 16, 2007
Size: about 25mm
I believe this is the Gray Hairstreak, seen on mallow in our garden.

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Strymon melinus? - Strymon melinus - female Strymon melinus? - Strymon melinus - female

I going to agree with...
Strymon melinus, but an underwing shot would be conclusive, personally.

 
Underwing shot
I've added an underwing shot, forgot to add it yesterday.

 
That makes it so easy!
Your ID is definitely right on. (There are similar hairstreaks elsewhere, but I'm pretty sure the grey is the only one like that in our areas.)

 
It'll be unanimous if you say it looks light grey
on the other side of the wings. Funny, I can't get them to pose with the wings open.

 
Wings Open
I did get a shot of one of these just the other day with her wings open. It's very rare for me, too, though. Oh, and by the way. I vote for Gray Hairstreak also.

 
Female Gray Hairstreak
It is a female - note the red/orange dot on the back of the head.
The Gray Hairstreak is on of the very few (almost singular) hairstreaks that will pose with wings open.

Rod

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