Gray Hairstreak Butterfly; Strymon melinus

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Gray Hairstreak Butterfly Strymon melinus
Gray Hairstreak Strymon melinus butterflies are small and often overlooked.
Drinking nectar from small flowers, this butterfly is rarely seen with open wings.
Gray Hairstreak butterfly (Strymon melinus)
Gray Hairstreak butterfly (Strymon melinus)
Gray Hairstreak Butterfly
Sitting on Yellow Butterfly Bush
Gray Hairstreak butterfly (Strymon melinus) green caterpillar - larva
Gray Hairstreak butterfly (Strymon melinus) green caterpillar - larva
Gray Hairstreak Green Larva
Gray Hairstreak Green Caterpillar
Gray Hairstreak butterfly (Strymon melinus) pupa - chrysalis
Gray Hairstreak butterfly (Strymon melinus) in flight
Gray Hairstreak Pupa - Chrysalis
Gray Hairstreak in flight
Gray Hairstreak butterfly (Strymon melinus) sitting with open wings
Gray Hairstreak butterfly (Strymon melinus) drinking nectar from veronica flowers blossoms
Gray Hairstreak with Wings Open
Gray Hairstreak on Veronica
Gray Hairstreak Strymon melinus butterflies use several plants as a host or larval food plant. The female lays eggs on buds and blooms. Larvae (caterpillars) eat the blooms and buds. We raised these caterpillars on Hairy Indigo.