The Elusive Juniper Hairstreak

Saturday I chased butterflies in southwest Iowa. As I posted previously, I have chased the juniper hairstreak unsuccessfully for many years, managing to see it a only a few times–counting Saturday I have seen it on four occasions, and got photos on three of those occasions. I have searched specifically for it dozens of times.
I posted the best picture I got of it Saturday earlier. I only managed four photos, and two were badly out of focus. This was the second-best shot.

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I will keep trying.

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Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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2 Responses to The Elusive Juniper Hairstreak

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    What’s the range of the juniper hairstreak? Is there a chance that here, on Cedar Hill in North Texas, we might have them among our two, maybe three, maybe more species and hybrids of junipers (cedars)? Do they stick with certain species?

  2. Hi, Ed
    Yes, you should have them in Texas. The Butterflies and Moths of North America website has a range map, found here: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Callophrys-gryneus
    You also have some similar species that we don’t have here–at least in parts of Texas. The silver-banded hairstreak, Xami hairstreak, and Sandia hairstreak are found in southern or western Texas.

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