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butterfly - Callophrys gryneus

butterfly - Callophrys gryneus
Victoria, Saanich, British Columbia, Canada
May 9, 2013
Size: 2 cm
My size reference is a guess at the wingspan. It was far away as I only had my birding lens.
I think it's a Hairstreak but it doesn't quite match any in my book.

I did waffle around a little bit on this one,
but I'm confident.

Better pictures are always better, but you can see what is needed in this photo.

I seriously considered C. johnsoni as an option, but it's not that. Plus, the names for various populations of Cedar / Juniper Hairstreaks are conflicting in the literature. I had to sort through the meanings of all the names that have been used in your area, and updated them here at BugGuide to follow Jon Pelham's catalog and the Butterflies of America web site (which are primarily the standards we are following here for the moment). For the time being they are all listed as subspecies [or synonyms] under C. gryneus, but they are often split up into several separate "micro-species" in the various books (often with different aplications of the names).

Moved from ID Request.

That looks like what it is. Do I need a better picture for confirmation or is that a confident identification?

"Juniper" Hairstreak
Callophrys gryneus spp. plicataria. The subspecies names under C. gryneus don't jive from one book to another, and some books call some of them distinct species; so, they are a bit confusing and confused. This one is also called "barryi", and sometimes "rosneri". They might look a tad different, depending on which type of Juniper or "Cedar" the larvae feed on, but I don't know the ones from your area well enough to know, and the books don't seem to agree on that either.

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