Red-Banded Hairstreak

misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)August 3, 2011

I think this is probably the best picture I've ever gotten of a red-banded hairstreak. They're so tiny, you have to get the camera up close to them to see anything, and with this $100 point and shoot camera of mine, the conditions have to be just right to get a crisp picture.

It's on lantana. We had a thread about our favorite nectar plant in the spring, and I said it was lantana. That hasn't changed a bit! Today I saw a titan shinx moth, three red-banded hairstreaks, numerous skippers, a giant swallowtail, a gulf frit, a male tiger swallowtail, a common checkered skipper, a pipevine swallowtail, a spicebush swallowtail, a cloudless sulphur, several sleepy oranges, and several Carolina satyrs on my big lantana bush at one time. Nothing really beats it!


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butterflymomok(7a NE OK)

Fantastic photo!

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 6:45PM
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bob_71(z7 MD)

Conditions must have been "just right" when you shot this one!


    Bookmark   August 4, 2011 at 2:14PM
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runmede(7a Virginia)

Beautiful. I'm seeing more Red Banded Hairstreaks this year. But, the Olive Hairstreak number are still low.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2011 at 7:27PM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

I'd be happy with any number of any green hairstreak, Runmede! :)

    Bookmark   August 5, 2011 at 6:41AM
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Beautiful! That grey and pink together is just lovely. My big hairstreak find this year was a hickory. Although I was told I would have to dissect it to confirm. Sometimes I wonder about this hobby/obsession of mine.
Nice photo,

    Bookmark   August 5, 2011 at 10:03AM
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wow. beautiful-great shot

    Bookmark   August 5, 2011 at 10:55AM
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