Hairstreaks somehow escaped my notice until this year . . . or yesterday and today more like . . . when I have discovered three different species in the south field.
Banded Hairstreak Satyrium calanus, feasting on Milkweed blooms.
Striped Hairstreak Satyrium liparops, on Milkweed.
Banded Hairstreak and a honeybee share feasting on Milkweed.
Striped Hairstreak above left ~ Banded Hairstreak above right
Hairstreak Strymon melinus
Carol Duke is an artist and farmer who has worked with the land on a Western Massachusetts hillside for over thirty years. During this time her land has evolved into a diverse wildlife habitat. Carol features the flora and fauna that live and visit her farm on her blog http://flowerhillfarm.blogspot.com/ As vital wildlife habitats are destroyed daily, Carol hopes to inspire others to garden for wildlife, while becoming activists for wild places the world over. Her nature photography has appeared in magazines, books and newspapers.