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Gray hairstreak

Strymon melinus

Description:

One tail on hindwing. Upperside blue-gray with large red spot near tail. Underside of spring/fall form is dark gray, summer form is paler gray. Relatively straight postmedian line is white, bordered with orange on the inside edge.

Habitat:

Spotted on wildflowers near the Arkansas river.

Notes:

: Two flights from May-September in the north, three-four flights from February-November in the south. Caterpillar Hosts: Flowers and fruits from an almost endless variety of plants; most often from pea (Fabaceae) and mallow (Malvaceae) families including beans (Phaseolus), clovers (Trifolium), cotton (Gossypium), and mallow (Malva). Adult Food: Nectar from many flower species including dogbane, milkweed, mint, winter cress, goldenrod, tick trefoil, and white sweet clover. Habitat: Open, nonforested sites; common in disturbed, weedy areas. Range: Throughout continental United States from southern Canada south to Mexico; southward to Venezuela. Comments: The most widespread hairstreak in North America.

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Brian38
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Brian38

Conway, Arkansas, USA

Spotted on Nov 5, 2017
Submitted on Nov 8, 2017

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