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Black Fairy Hairstreak

Hypolycaena nigra

Description:

They periodically oscillate their hindwings, which causes the little tails to wiggle, and this, together with the "false eye" marking at the edge of the wings diverts the attention of predators away from the butterfly's head and body.

Habitat:

rainforest

Notes:

I spotted this at the base of Amedzofe Falls in the volta region of eastern Ghana.

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39 Comments (1–25)

dandoucette
dandoucette 5 years ago

Thanks Joelle, Saurabh and Rob. Nice to see an old spotting getting some attention again.

RobThacker
RobThacker 5 years ago

That's a bit nice Dan.

Saurabh Bhandari
Saurabh Bhandari 5 years ago

It is very beautiful...

JoelleTovey
JoelleTovey 5 years ago

Butterflies fascinate me but this one is amazing

dandoucette
dandoucette 5 years ago

Thanks dominique.

dominique.eghlidi
dominique.eghlidi 5 years ago

Incredibly beautiful!!!

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks deejay and Rieko!

RiekoS
RiekoS 6 years ago

So beautiful!

ceejayalyssa
ceejayalyssa 6 years ago

pretty tails

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks Gilma, it was cool to see this flying around.

That is one lovely Butterfly!! It must be something else when it is flying, I think it would look like a homemade kite!! : )

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks Jappa and Dixie.

Jappa
Jappa 7 years ago

wonderful shot ...

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks bayucca and harsuame! @Leuba, hahaha! Thanks so much! Seemed appropriate to link this to the Common Imperial.

harsuame
harsuame 7 years ago

Bella

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Oh Dan, you've done it again ! You're such a show-off !!! :)
Seriously, what an amazing butterfly. The colours are just beautiful indigo, brown and white. the best one yet ! ( I've run out of exclamation marks)

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

Wonderful!!

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Thanks Christine

C.Sydes
C.Sydes 8 years ago

I don't know about the purpose of the streamers but they're certainly extravagant. Wonderful spot

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Thanks KarenL and ctsetan.
@ctsetan, I'm not sure what purpose, if any, those tails serve in flight. Anyone have any ideas?

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Amazing!

ChimeTsetan
ChimeTsetan 8 years ago

what purpose does those white tails serve in its flight !!! amazing.

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Thanks Pino!

Pino
Pino 8 years ago

Fairy indeed ! Stunning...

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Thanks!

dandoucette
Spotted by
dandoucette

Volta Region, Ghana

Lat: 6.87, Long: 0.42

Spotted on Jan 24, 2004
Submitted on Apr 24, 2011

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