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Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

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Subfamily Theclinae - Hairstreaks

Coral Hairstreak - Satyrium titus - male Gray Hairstreak For Illinois In July - Strymon melinus - male Gray Hairstreak - Strymon melinus - male Satyrium titus? - Satyrium titus - female Banded Hairstreak (Satyrium calanus)? - Satyrium calanus Striped Hairstreak ( Satyrium liparops )?? - Satyrium liparops Red Banded Hairstreak - Calycopis cecrops Eastern Pine Elfin butterfly - Callophrys niphon
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Lycaenidae (Blues, Coppers, Hairstreaks, Harvesters)
Subfamily Theclinae (Hairstreaks)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Often considered as a tribe - "Theclini" under a broader concept of subfamily Lycaeninae, which also incudes Blues and Hairstreaks, and others, as just tribes.
The most notable feature of hairstreaks is the tails on the hindwings. Combined with bright spots that look like eyes, they give the illusion that the back end of the wings is really the head. This fools birds and other visually-oriented predators often enough to increase the hairstreaks' odds for survival.

Here's an example- both are the same species in the same area within a few days of each other:
You can see the fake eyes and antennae on this one:

And this one has survived an attack- it's missing a chunk of its wings, but it's still alive and flying around: