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Crematogaster ant and hairstreak butterfly? caterpillar on memosa plant

Crematogaster ant and hairstreak butterfly? caterpillar on memosa plant
Near Tulsa, Osage County, Oklahoma, USA
May 4, 2012
Not sure if this ant was tending to this caterpillar or not. It did not seem to bite or aggravate the caterpillar.

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Crematogaster ant and hairstreak butterfly? caterpillar on memosa plant Crematogaster ant and hairstreak butterfly? caterpillar on memosa plant

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Gray Hairstreak is my first reaction too
since it is common, looks like this (at least when green), and eats all sorts of different things (especially flowers). However, there are enough others that I don't know, and haven't compared with this one yet, that I'm not entirely sure yet.

The ant is almost certainly
"tending" the caterpillar. Based on the appearance of the caterpillar, and the host plant, this will be a Blue or a Hairstreak. I don't know these caterpillars well enough to tell the species on sight, but we can probably get it a little closer after a bit of comparing with other photos.

 
Maybe
I keep coming back to the gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus).

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