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Thicket hairstreak

Callophrys spinetorum

Description:

This light brown butterfly rested on yarrow (Achillea sp.) for a few seconds. It fed on the flower's nectar and was covered in yellow pollen. The dorsal forewings are marked with a white line, while ventral wings are wavy-lined and black-spotted. Antennae and legs are patterned an alternating black and white.

Habitat:

Seen at the Ross Dam trailhead in North Cascades National Park.


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7 Comments

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 7 months ago

Thank you, Neil!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 months ago

Beautiful spotting, Mauna.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 months ago

Updated the ID. Thanks, Brian.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 months ago

I didn’t know what plant the elfin was feeding on. There was a beetle on it too but I couldn’t get a picture before it flew away. I’ll look at C. spinetorum and compare it to the other similar species I’ve seen on Bugguide. Thanks, Brian!

Brian38
Brian38 8 months ago

Awesome spotting Mauna! Yarrow is a great wildflower to watch for a variety of insects that feed on it. I agree with Callophrys sp. Also take a look at Callophrys spinetorum (thicket hairstreak).

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 months ago

Hi Robert! I agree. Thanks so much for the suggestion.

robert emond
robert emond 8 months ago

Mauna it looks to be in the genus Callophrys (Elfins)

mauna Kunzah
Spotted by
mauna Kunzah

Washington, USA

Lat: 48.73, Long: -121.06

Spotted on Jun 18, 2019
Submitted on Jul 7, 2019

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