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? - Strymon istapa

? - Strymon istapa
Davie, Broward County, Florida, USA
May 14, 2006
Size: 1/2"

Moved from Butterflies.

Neat critter!
I'd guess some kind of hairstreak, unless wings are damaged.

Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
Strymon columella.

Moving to guide
It looks like Paul posted a much better specimen 4 days later: . Even so, I think this has value as an illustration of why hairsteaks have the little tails- a predator (probably a bird) obviously thought it was grabbing it by the head, so it only got part of the wings.

I added these as an illustration for the Subfamily Theclinae Info Page.

Wings are damaged
It does look like something in that family- if not a hairstreak, maybe a blue. I'm sure someone more knowledgable will be able to ID it.

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