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Hessel's Hairstreak Callophrys hesseli


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Family: Lycaenidae, Gossamer-wing Butterflies view all from this family

Description The Hessel's Hairstreak (Callophrys hesseli) is the only similar species in the Juniper Hairstreak's range. The Hessel's Hairstreak is similar to the gryneus and sweadneri races. It is often more of a blue-green color, the postmedian line is edged with brown on both sides, and it has a white spot near the fore wing costa.

The Juniper Hairstreak has many subspecies or races, some of which may even be separate species. The upper side of the "Olive" Juniper Hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus gryneus) is tawny orange or a bronzy color in males, and blackish brown in females. The underside of the wings is bright green with a variable amount of brown scaling. There are two white postbasal spots and a white zigzag postmedian line edged inward with brown on the hind wing.

Dimensions 7/8-1" (22-25 mm).

Habitat Freshwater swamps, marshes & bogs, Meadows & fields.

Range Florida, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Southeast.