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Red-banded Hairstreak

Calycopis cecrops


Small butterfly. Underside of wings are gray with a reddish-orange band crossing both sets of wings. Small orange edge to front of forwing. Hindwing has bluish and black, ringed with orange spots. Two small tails on each hindwing.


Bayard Cutting Arboretum. Cultivated flower garden. Feeding on Bee Balm (I believe).


This one seems to have had a brush with a predator and survived.

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Islip, New York, USA

Spotted on Sep 7, 2013
Submitted on Mar 5, 2014

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