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Gray? Hairstreak - Strymon melinus - female

Gray? Hairstreak - Strymon melinus - Female
World Birding Center HQ at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA
November 15, 2005
I was in a hurry, but this hairstreak looked funny, so I snapped a couple of photos. Showed them to several veteran butterfly-watchers the next day. Some think it is a Gray Hairstreak; others are fairly certain that it is not, or at least not a typical one. Feedback would be appreciated.

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Gray? Hairstreak - Strymon melinus - female Gray? Hairstreak - Strymon melinus - female

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Anthony W. Thomas

Hairstreak
Surely Josh you can dig up some better Hairstreak than a Gray on the border zone? I don't think there is any question this is a Gray Hairstreak. They eat everything. This one just had something blander than usual as a baby cat.

 
border hairstreaks
The blandness was not the issue. The proponents of other-than-Gray were commenting mostly on the hindwing stripe being jagged and discontinuous.

Yes, we have some better hairstreaks down here. Give me some time, eventually I'll get my photos (not the best) of Marius, Gold-bordered, and Aquamarine up on the Guide...

Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
World Birding Center
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
joshua.rose_NO_SPAM@tpwd.state.tx.us
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Gray Hairstreak
I do think this is a Gray Hairstreak. I do not see many photos in the guide that have two spots of orange on them, but there is one. I guess it is a variable species. See photo,


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