Gray Hairstreak Butterfly (Strymon melinus)

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Picture of Gray Hairstreak Butterfly
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Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

This lovely little gray butterfly is a delight to enjoy in gardens across the United States. It is one of the most widely dispersed butterflies in North America. It has bright red eyespots near the tips of its wings next to the small tails that are used to deter possible predators. Gray Hairstreaks have a large variety of host and nectar plants that are commonly found in disturbed environments where humans are active. This is a wonderful visitor to observe among your landscape plantings.

Family: Gossamer Wing (Lycaenidae)

Subfamily: Hairstreak (Theclinae)

Average Wingspan: 7/8" - 1 3/8"

Habitat: Open areas, fields, meadows

Plants That Attract This Butterfly

* May not be available for purchase at your local nursery.

Note: Always check a plant's Hardiness Zone to make sure it will grow in your area. (What Is My Hardiness Zone?)

Where To Buy Plants

Butterfly Flight Range Map

Gray Hairstreak  Flight Range Map

Photo Credits:
Male (closed wing) - Fred Miller
Closed wing - Fred Miller

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