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Gray Hairsteak on Grass-leaved Goldenrod

Posted on Sep 24, 2015

This Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) is another big fan of the Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) patch, one of many of the species being seen there. We have spotted several individuals at once on multiple occasions. There can even be fights over the preferred flower. Autumn is an amazing time for butterflies! The only problem at the moment is that the patch is drying up and dying back very quickly thanks to the moderate drought. Water is life.

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Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator