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Deceptive Moth - Strymon melinus

Deceptive Moth - Strymon melinus
Howard County, Maryland, USA
August 25, 2011
Size: .5"


Moved from ID Request.

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Appearance: the black hindwing postmedian line edged with white outwardly and orange inwardly indicates Gray Hairstreak. In Oak Hairstreak this line lacks the orange edging, and forms a more prominent "M".
Timing: Oak Hairstreak has a single brood that flies in June in Maryland, while Gray Hairstreak has multiple broods and flies throughout the season.

I'd say
This looks like a Northern Oak Hairstreak (Satyrium favonius ontario). A Gray Hairstreak would show smaller orange spots, and specifically shouldn't have the blue spot capped with orange. The brownish color is also better for Oak Hairstreak.

Hairstreak butterfly
looks like a Gray hairstreak, Strymon melinus

Looks to be
one of the Hairstreak butterflies. Look in the guide here

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