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Silver-banded Hairstreak.

Chlorostrymon simaethis.


The upper side of the wings is dark, iridescent purple in males. Females are grayish-brown, sometimes having iridescent purple on the basal area of the wings. The underside of the wings is bright, lime green in both sexes. Both wings have a bright silvery-white postmedian band. The silver band on the hind wing juts out towards the margin and turns back in, forming a "V" shape. Beyond this band, there is a dark brownish-red patch with a variable amount of silvery-white frosting. The frosting extends across the entire edge of the hind wing. The hind wings have one pair of tails.The wingspan ranges from 2.2 to 3.2 cm.


North/South America. Subtropical woodlands, deserts and hammock edges.


Family: Lycaenidae.

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TomElliott 7 years ago

Amazing little butterfly

DB 8 years ago

Thank you Yuko!

YukoChartraw 8 years ago

A breathtaking series! So beautiful!

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Salta, Salta, Argentina

Spotted on Nov 17, 2012
Submitted on Nov 18, 2012

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