|Juniper Hairstreak- Click to enlarge|
Now it was time to call up Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) as a resource. The tiny "hair" on the back edge of each wing identified it as a hairstreak, but which one? Selecting "Image Gallery" and entering "hairstreak" in the common name box brings up this page. From there it was just a matter of matching the pictures.
The territorial males hang out on cedar branches looking for the ladies. Eggs are laid on the tips of the leaves where the larvae will later feed. Check out the Callophrys-gryneus page and you will see pictures of the caterpillar which looks remarkably like the leaves it feeds upon. The adults feed on a variety of nectar sources. With only a one inch wingspan, it is no wonder that we have not identified them before.
Every species has its place in the choir, even rattlesnakes and cedars.