New Park Butterfly- Banded Hairstreak

Today I had a Banded Hairstreak nectaring on Milkweed in the park. This is the first time I’ve seen one in the park.  You can see how small they are by the size of the flowers on the Milkweed.

Banded Hairstreak (Strasburg Park)
Banded Hairstreak on milkweed

They use several types of Oaks as host plants and I usually (almost always) see them in clearings in larger woods or beside a larger wooded area nectaring on milkweed or dogbane. So it was a bit of a surprise to see this one in the park.





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