Gray Hairstreak

Strymon melinus
Hairstreaks and Elfins

Appearance: Wide spread and found just about anywhere. Above, brownish gray with well defined orange spot near fine twin tails. Below, uniform gray with black and white postmedian lines edged with orange inwardly. Tip of the gray abdomen is orange on males.

Size: Small; 7/8 to 1 3/8 inches

Habitat: Open, non-forested areas where host plants are available

Season: May to September

Larval Foodplant: Flowers and fruits from many members of the pea and mallow families

Did You Know…
Unlike most hairstreaks, Gray Hairstreaks often bask with wings spread (Brock, 2003).

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