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Old Jul 15, 2011, 11:01 PM   #1
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Default Butterfly in the garden

Got this guy this evening in my garden. Don't know what it is, but he's kind of neat.
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Old Jul 16, 2011, 6:19 AM   #2
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I think it's an Eastern Tailed Blue Butterfly.
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Old Jul 16, 2011, 11:14 AM   #3
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Nice looking shot.

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We have one that is almost identical on the West Coast and we called them Gray Hairstreak. I'm sure they are cousins. Beautiful shot!

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Clint, jj, saly: Thanks for taking a look! saly, that's a great shot, I'm glad you post pictures here so I know what to strive for!
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Clint, jj, saly: Thanks for taking a look! saly, that's a great shot, I'm glad you post pictures here so I know what to strive for!
I just posted mine to show the similarities. I think your shot is fabulous!
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We have one that is almost identical on the West Coast and we called them Gray Hairstreak. I'm sure they are cousins. Beautiful shot!
Saly and Clint, they are both Gray Hairstreaks. Although somewhat similar, Eastern Tailed Blues are really very different butterflies, and according to my Kaufman field guide, they don't even reach (very far?) into Florida. (Saly, there is a similar Western Tailed Blue that reaches our area of California, so keep your eyes open). Some very good photos of the Eastern Tailed Blue from Tennessee have been posted in these two threads (scroll down to find the butterflies)

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...-mountain.html

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...ire-tower.html
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Saly and Clint, they are both Gray Hairstreaks. Although somewhat similar, Eastern Tailed Blues are really very different butterflies, and according to my Kaufman field guide, they don't even reach (very far?) into Florida. (Saly, there is a similar Western Tailed Blue that reaches our area of California, so keep your eyes open). Some very good photos of the Eastern Tailed Blue from Tennessee have been posted in these two threads (scroll down to find the butterflies)
Penolta - I took this picture a few weeks back and through it was a gray hairstreak, but now that you mention it, it looks a bit different. Is this a western tailed blue, you suppose??


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Penolta - I took this picture a few weeks back and through it was a gray hairstreak, but now that you mention it, it looks a bit different. Is this a western tailed blue, you suppose??
It is a good picture - good enough to tell that it is neither of those - no "tails" and too many red spots on the hind wing. It is a Blue, but there are quite a few of them here, several much alike and some very local. Tentatively, I would guess it is an Acmon Blue, although the orange band on the back edge of the upper surface of the hind wing is very faint, so much so that it is barely noticeable - where were you when you took the picture?
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It is a good picture - good enough to tell that it is neither of those - no "tails" and too many red spots on the hind wing. It is a Blue, but there are quite a few of them here, several much alike and some very local. Tentatively, I would guess it is an Acmon Blue, although the orange band on the back edge of the upper surface of the hind wing is very faint, so much so that it is barely noticeable - where were you when you took the picture?
These were taken in the suburb of Los Angeles. Here's another view of the same guy, wings open, and a slightly different view, if that helps.....





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