Sunny days in the Fall are splendid. Although the daytime temperatures are in the low to mid70sF, it is quite hot in the sun and this has brought a flurry of butterfly activity. At our place, the main sources of nectar at the moment for butterflies are fleabane and the butterfly bush; the wasps, bees and flies are the main customers for goldenrod nectar. I’ve seen a number of Red-Banded Hairstreaks recently. Today I had an excellent sighting of one feeding so intently on fleabane flowers that I able to get some good macro photos.
This photo highlights its elfin eyes and striped antennae and legs.
This photo highlights the ventral pattern, colors and texture of its wings.
- West Central Georgia Butterflies by Michael Beohm: Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)
- BugGuide: Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)
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