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Which species of Lycaenidae is this? - Strymon melinus

Which species of Lycaenidae is this? - Strymon melinus
Escondido, San Diego County, California, USA
August 24, 2011
This pink caterpillar was eating the flowers off of a Water Smartweed.

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Which species of Lycaenidae is this? - Strymon melinus Which species of Lycaenidae is this? - Strymon melinus Which species of Lycaenidae is this? - Strymon melinus

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Moved from ID Request.

Normally, Smartweed brings Coppers to mind;
however, this doesn't look much like a Copper to me. Rather, it looks more like a Hairstreak or Blue. I suspect it is probably Strymon melinus. Plebejus acmon is also recorded on Polygonum, but it looks a little different I think.

 
Thank you
S. melinus sounds reasonable as I've seen many in the area. Thanks for your input David!

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