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Grey hairstreak, (♂)

Strymon melinus, (Hübner (1818))


It is a medium sized butterfly in the family (Lycaenidae). The butterfly has creme, black and orange colored on the back of the wings. The inside is grey with some orange at the end. This butterfly is called hairstreak because of the tails at the end of the hindwings. These are there as a defense, the butterflies defense is it will shake those hairs making birds think that is the antenna of an insect but really is eats the modified hairs making the butterfly escape.


Semi-urban, Fort Worth, Texas. This butterfly lives in urban and rural areas making it a highly adaptable species.


The butterflies habitat almost ranging over nearly the entire continent. It occurs also throughout Central America and in northern South America. This one seemed to be male because of the orange tip on the abdomen.

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Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Spotted on Jun 11, 2020
Submitted on Jun 12, 2020

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