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Vagrant Firetip in SoCal? - Strymon melinus - male

Vagrant Firetip in SoCal? - Strymon melinus - Male
Mojave National Rec Area, San Bernardino County, California, USA
April 19, 2013
Size: small butterfly
I observed this butterfly in southern California desert in April. I can't find anything like it in Kaufmann. The red tip to the abdomen suggests a vagrant fire tip, but I found no fire tips on the internet with hindwing submarginal red patches. any ideas?

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How about Gray Hairstreak?
The male Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) has an orange abdomen, viewed from above, and the hindwing orange/red patches are consistent too.
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Gray Hairstreak
Thank you, Doug, Gray Hairstreak is it. This photo looked so black on the upper wing, I skipped over Gray Hairstreak, but the markings are right and the "Hairstreak" tail is present.

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