The Banded Hairstreak is a small butterfly that is fascinating to watch as it is perched on low branches or shrubs. It is a fun challenge following them because they have an erratic flight pattern.
The Banded Hairstreak is chestnut brown with a beautiful blue patch on the hindwing surrounded by a black and red pattern. The hindwings have two tail-like extensions that are common among Gossamer Wing butterflies.
These butterflies are a pleasant visitor to any landscaping.
Family: Gossamer Wing (Lycaenidae)
Subfamily: Hairstreak (Theclinae)
Average Wingspan: 1" - 1 1/2"
Habitat: Woodland areas, forest edges
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Closed wing - Fred Miller