Gray Hairstreak Butterfly wing flaring behavior - Strymon melinus
glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
August 17, 2019
Size: 1 ti 2 cn,
This Gray Hairstreak was exhibiting a striking behavior. I have seen Hairstreaks twitch their thread-like tails to simulate antennae, but this individual was able to curl outward the rounded, fringed corners of the hind wing, flaring out the orange spots to look like eyes. It was a spectacular display, with the fringed edges forming "eye lashes". I will append a series of photos to help illustrate this activity. The first photo is for identification purposes, but on close examination, the lower corners of the hind wing below the tails, can be seen to be curled outward. The anterior and posterior photos show the result of this positioning.
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