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Wyoming’s state butterfly
Sun, May 10, 2009 at 5:39 AM
Hi Lisa Anne and Daniel, this past winter Wyoming was first designated a state butterfly, the Sheridan’s Green Hairstreak. The process was begun by some Sheridan County third grade students as a civics project. They wanted it to be the state insect but a sponsoring Sheridan legistator suggested naming it the state butterfly instead, “to leave the insect open for other students who may want to designate the state spider, for example”…insert your own joke here.
Anyway, it is a beautiful creature.
Peace,
Dwaine
near Powder River, WY

Sheridan's Hairstreak

Sheridan's Hairstreak

Thanks Dwaine,
We are happy to hear that Wyoming now has a state butterfly and can’t wait to hear about the soon to be selected state spider.  This lovely Sheridan’s Green Hairstreak, Callophrys sheridanii is a welcome addition to our butterfly archives, which have grown significantly thanks to your numerous wonderful photographs.

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Brown Elfin b’fly
Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 3:05 PM
Hi Lisa Anne and Daniel. I noticed you haven’t a Brown Elfin butterfly on your site. Here is one on juniper that I found in central WY on 4/21.
Peace,
Dwaine
near Casper, WY

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

Hi Dwaine,
We are going to trust your identification that this is a Brown Elfin, Callophrys augustinus, because there are many species in the genus and proper identification might tax our questionable taxonomic skills well beyond the level we feel comfortable.  According to BugGuide it is:  “locally common; the most often encountered elfin in most of its range.”   Elfins are grouped together with the Blues, Coppers and Hairstreaks as the Gossamer Winged Butterflies in the family Lycaenidae.

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Whats this beautiful bug?
Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Great Purple Hairstreak

Great Purple Hairstreak

I have been loving your site for a few years now. So,let me make this short…what is this? Moth?Thanks for your help.
Myra in Ft Polk, La
Fort Polk,LA

Great Purple Hairstreak

Great Purple Hairstreak

Dear Myra,
How lucky are you??? You have witnessed a newly metamorphosed Great Purple Hairstreak, Atlides halesus, expand its wings. This Gossamer Wing is a southern species. According to BugGuide, the “Larvae feed on mistletoe, live oak, western sycamore, and desert ironwood.” Thanks so much for your kind compliment. We hope our humble site has brought a new appreciation for the smaller things in life to many of our readers.

Great Purple Hairstreak

Great Purple Hairstreak

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Red Banded Hairstreak?
Hey bugman,
thanks so much for posting my photo of the wheelbug. I have another one to share with you. I believe this is a red-banded hairstreak (correct me if im wrong). there were two of them nectaring on some goldenrod the other day and i took some pics. I think this was my favorite one. Enjoy and thanks again for a wonderful website.
Mike D.

Hi again Mike,
Your Red Banded Hairstreak photo is awesome. Thanks for adding to our archive.

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Eastern Tailed Blue
Good evening Mr. Bugman,
I just discovered your site today, and as an inveterate 1. namer, 2. shutterbug (didn’t find that one on your site) and especially 3. macro fiend I was more than delighted! I’ve already ID’d several ‘bugs’ that had been bugging me. Thank you so much. I’ve attached 5 photos – 4 I know, and one I’d like to confirm. I live in Orange County, VIRGINIA – the north central piedmont of the state. All photos have been taken within a 4 mile radius of Orange, VA (county seat). If you don’t object, I’ll send others of insects you don’t appear to have – and maybe a few that I need help with. I just don’t want to overdo it in my enthusiasm for your site. What a great service, and I’ll add that no insects are harmed in the photographic process. They are either in the wild or occasionally found deceased, although no deceased ones in this group. Eastern tailed blue (Everes comyntas) – sitting on a blade of grass (June 2005) Thanks again for the wonderful site!
Best regards,
Lynne
Orange, VA

Hi Lynne,
We are overwhelmed by all the images you sent in. In the future, please send only one image or one species per letter. It makes our lives so much easier. Thanks so much for expressing your enthusiasm. The Lycaean Blues, like this Eastern Tailed Blue, were among the butterflies written about by our favorite novelist, Vladimir Nabokov.

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two photos – can you help me
Hi bugman
I enclose two photos that I took on the outskirts of Beijing in China. The two mainly white butterflies are not very large – between 1-2 inches I should think. The second picture I have called a chinese grasshopper for want of a better idea. It’s quite brightly coloured and from memory about 3-4 inches long. I hope you can help me by telling me what they are.
Thanks again
John Rocha

Hi John,
The mating butterflies are Gossamer Winged Butterflies, Lycaen Blues, though we do not know the species. The Grasshopper might be one of the Toothpick Grasshoppers.

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