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Edwards' Hairstreak

Satyrium edwardsii


A brown butterfly with white, yellow and blue markings on its wings and yellow tips on its antennae; fairly small in size, perhaps half the size or less of a Monarch Butterfly


On wildflowers located in a field of native prairie grasses, surrounded by woods and fresh water (creek and lake)


Per Wiki: "The Edward's Hairstreak is an endangered species, and one of the places to find them is at Adam's Lake Ohio in the prairie area"


JanelleL.Streed 8 years ago

LuckyLogan-Right?! My thinking exactly. :-)))

LuckyLogan 8 years ago

Very confusing indeed. This link describes the Banded Hairstreak as being darker than the Edwards' and many of the pictured butterflies appear to be darker than yours. Otherwise, I have no idea. Ha. That website looks like a really good guild though and I'll be using it next summer. Too bad there isn't anything like it for Iowa.

JanelleL.Streed 8 years ago

LuckyLogan-Thank you so much!! How can you tell the difference between these? See: and I can see the obvious stripes on the but can't really see what separates the Edwards' from the Banded and the Hickory...I know they mention tel-tale signs but I'm not familiar with the terms they use...

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Minnesota, USA

Spotted on Jul 24, 2013
Submitted on Feb 23, 2014

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