Great Purple Hairstreak

First time I ever seen this hairstreak before, I usually see Red-banded or Grey, this was certainly a bonus on my trip to Chassahowitzka WMA.

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Great Purple Hairstreak | Photo by Alice Mary Herden 

To see this butterfly in person is amazing, the blue and orange colors are truly fantastic and what a cute face!

I wish I had more time photographing before it flew off, luckily their flight season is February – November so hopefully I will be able to get another chance.

Mistletoe is their host plant.

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The Great Purple Hairstreak | Alice Mary Herden

 


Links:

http://www.alabama.butterflyatlas.usf.edu/species/details/20/great-purple-hairstreak

https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflower/completeButterflyData.asp?id=20

http://www.carolinanature.com/butterflies/flaleps.html

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/bfly/purple_hairstreak.htm

 

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