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Gray Hairstreak

Strymon melinus

Description:

Pink caterpillar with pink dots on back and light pink lining on sides. It has a light pink diamond shape on the top of its head. The sections of the caterpillar resemble the bumpy sections of the Water Smartweed that it was on. Butterfly can be seen at http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/708...

Habitat:

On a white and pink Water Smartweed plant located in a marshy area with partial shade. It was eating one of the white flowers.

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8 Comments

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Thank you both! I'm satisfied with Celastrina echo... and not eating the tempting little morsel :)

NicoleLook
NicoleLook 10 years ago

Yes good find.. I think you are right... Celastrina ladon echo. It really is so cute.

hayde
hayde 10 years ago

And yes, it looks like a Celastrina ladon echo... It even camouflages itself between white blossoms.

hayde
hayde 10 years ago

Yeah! I'm quite surprised you did not eat it when you saw it ;)

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

hayde, it was just too cute not to post! I think of a berry with the hair and little dots. Maybe a berry jelly candy? :)

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

NicoleLook, it sure does. After looking up your suggestion, it resembles the Celastrina ladon echo quite a lot but I haven't found a pic with the markings on the head yet.

hayde
hayde 10 years ago

Looks like a little hairy jelly :D

NicoleLook
NicoleLook 10 years ago

Whoa. What a wild looking little guy, could be a Lycaenid butterfly caterpillar...

Escondido, California, United States

Spotted on Aug 24, 2011
Submitted on Aug 24, 2011

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