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Small pinkish looking insect - Strymon melinus

Small pinkish looking insect - Strymon melinus
Harrington, Kent County, Delaware, USA
Size: 1/2 inch
A few of these have appeared on my sedums. Over a few days they change colors. Very unusual color. Wondering if they adapt to what they are on. Can anyone tell me if they are a caterpillar of some sort, or something else. Thank you.

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Small pinkish looking insect - Strymon melinus Small pinkish looking insect - Strymon melinus

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Strymon
Should be Strymon melinus the Gray Hairstreak. I believe the location, hostplant, and setae type (simple long hairs, rather than course granular stars or stubs) rule all others out. The chevron type patterning is also consistent.

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not Spring Azure
Hi, Spring Aure is single brooded and only eats Flowering Dogwood blossums and Sedium does not bloom when dogwood does, so there is no way it could be C. ladon. Nor would it be any of the other "spring" azure types due to time of year. Although it might be Summer Spring Azure (Celastrina neglecta) which has many broods and eats all kinds of flowers. I've no caterpillar guide so I can't say for certain.

Caterpillar, yes...
...and probably from the Spring Azure (_Celastrina ladon_) if the pictures in my guide to caterpillars are accurate. The others that look similar don't occur in your area.

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