06/27/10 - Common Gray Hairstreak
On the way to Marbles Kids Museum with the kids yesterday, I stopped at the Yates Mill parking lot to look for butterfly picture opportunities. I took several shots of skippers including one showing his straw (proboscis) perfectly coiled:
But I also saw this neat silver colored butterfly. After Googling for a few minutes, I found that this guy is a Gray Hairstreak. Somewhere between the size of a dime and a nickel...tiny.
I think we can all agree that this would be a better shot if the butterfly were turned at least 15 more degrees towards me, but this is the best I got.
I have to say that I was confused for a few minutes which was the head and which was the 'tail'. Look at the antennae look alike sticking out from the back (right).
There is a better view of the tail here:
and then the thumbnail to the right of that one.
The kids and I did have fun at Marbles. A collage of pics of our day is here:
Fireman John and tower builders Madi and Joey sure were fun to watch.
Hope you're having a great weekend!
Edited on 6/29 to remove reference to King's Hairstreak which is rare. This was identified by a butterfly specialist as a common Gray Hairstreak.