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03 September 2008

Mystery solved (correction)

EDIT: Correction... the middle pic is a White M Hairstreak (WOOHOO!) and the last is a Grey. My camera didn't misread the colour a much as I thought. I'm so used to seeing Greys, I'd given up on the other varieties.

Suze is right, it's a butterfly... a Grey Hairstreak.

The last picture is closer to the true colour. The other was more shaded.

These tiny butterflies love my white almond bush. The 'eyes' in the first picture are a decoy for predators. A hairstreak rarely loses its head. 8-]


SwampAngel65 said...

Hey now, that was tricky! Congrats to Suze!!

Steve said...

What an amazing and confusing photo angle! That was extremely tough.

Floridacracker said...

Those hairstreaks are really pretty!

SophieMae said...

SwampAngel, yep, it was tricky alright. Gotta keep y'all on your toes. 8-}

Steve, I was really tickled with that shot. He wouldn't sit still and the wind picked up every time he showed his 'good side'.

FC, they're way up near the top of my favourites list.

Aunty Belle said...

Wow...this is amazin'. really nice shots, Sweet Pea. What sort of plant is it hangin' on??

SophieMae said...

Thanks ever so, Aint B! 8-] That's my white almond AKA sweet almond bush. It's been freezing and coming back for several years now. I hear they're hard to find for some reason.

flmom said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty! We have red-banded hairstreaks in our yard on occasion.