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Gray Hairstreak? - Strymon melinus - female

Gray Hairstreak? - Strymon melinus - Female
Doddridge County, West Virginia, USA
September 25, 2006
First I've seen here. It matches the size, flight season, food sources of the Gray Hairstreak. Unfortunately it didn't stay around long enough for me to take but a few pictures. Strymon melinus is the only species of Hairstreak with several images in a similar pose in the guide. The color seems a little dark to me.

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Gray Hairstreak? - Strymon melinus - female Gray Hairstreak? - Strymon melinus - female

Moving to Gray Hairstreak
Based on comments below.

I agree
Look's like a Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) to me.

Hi Ethan
Thanks for the agreement and the helps to see them side by side (or top to bottom in this case). :) The colors are a little lighter, but the markings seem quite alike.

Check it out: Banded Hairstreak
I was ready to say "Yay, gray", but it did seem very dark. Also the pattern on the outside of the wing is more complex than that of the gray, i.e. more rows of those little squiggly dashes. (That's the scientific term.)

I did...
It is listed in an adjacent county, about 30 mi. from here. Mine doesn't seem to have the squiggly dashes. From Butterflies and Moths "Underside of spring/fall form is dark gray," And, again it's the flight season, which extends through Sept. The Banded ends in August. One of the other things I noticed browsing through the images, the Gray rests with it's wings spread. I didn't see many other Hairstreaks in the guide in a similar position.

Another indefinite, wish it would have stayed around longer so I could have gotten more pictures, I may not have gotten the exposure quite right.

Thanks Ron!

Sounds like gray wins the day.
There is a lot of shadow on the bottom of the wings, something I hadn't noticed before. And again, flight season favors gray. Oddly enough, the gray hairstreaks here almost never have their wings spread. Typically, the wings are together, rubbing up and down so that the hairs sort of twitch. I take this as behavior to frighten off enemies, photographers included! (The grays are always pointing their butts at me, anyway.)

Maybe it's too hot there.
It was only in the 60's here today. ;-)

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