Gray Hairstreak
Stymon melinus
Subfamily Theclinae

Image courtesy Pete Williams, Gulf Breeze, Florida
Copyright (c) 2006, Pete Williams
May 24, 2006

Identification: Oplar, USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Butterflies of Alabama.

Gray Hairstreak has a wing span of 7/8 to 1-3/8 inches. There is one tail on the hindwing. The upperside is blue-gray with a large red spot near the tail. The underside is dark gray (summer form is pale gray). There is a relatively straight white post-median line, bordered with orange on the inside edge. The caterpillar host plants are all members of the pea, mallow and clover families.

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