Subject: Is it a Gray Hairstreak Butterfly?
Location: Coryell County, central Texas
February 7, 2013 3:17 pm
Wow, what a mimic! This little butterfly kept rubbing its hind wings together, making the projectiles tremble like antennae. It also tended to feed head-down, and the orange spots on the hind wings look like eyes. I’m guessing this protects its actual head as well as looking a little scary. Well played, little butterfly, well played. Is it a Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)?
We are in 100% agreement with your hypothesis of the mimicry of the Gray Hairstreak. These may be your finest photographs yet.