Fulvous Hairstreak – Electrostrymon angelia

Hairstreaks are very small butterflies very quick and flitty. The Fulvous Hairstreak (Electrostrymon angelia) isn’t one of the more colorful but still interesting. I found this one on some Cilantro in our garden that was going to seed. The flowers are very tiny.
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They are tricky too.  Those colorful bits and extensions on the back of the wings serve as decoys to trick predators.  While it is feeding the wings are alternating up and down.  The appendages actually look more active than the front of the butterfly.  As you can see, the wings extend well beyond the body so, it a bird or anole tries to catch it from the head all it gets is a bit of the wing.  The colors are very similar to the front too.  Sort of a Pushmipullyu of the butterfly world.

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A nice little find in a walk around the yard.

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About birds n' bugs

Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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