Saturday, August 2, 2008

Aberrant Oak Hairstreak

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If you look closely while on your walks, you will encounter some individual critters that just don't match the norm.

This is an aberrant "Northern" Oak Hairstreak (Satyrium favonius ontario). Their range is from the New England states down to Central Texas. The 'southern' variety is confined mainly to Florida.

They are found along woodland edges. Some of the field guides list them as scarce, but the 5000 acre Ft. Worth Nature Refuge always has a good number of Oak Hairstreaks. This aberrant individual has the extra wide white bands and we occasionaly see some of these beauties (maybe 1 out of a hundred).


Oak Hairstreak (Satyrium favonius ontario)
On Milkweed


Troy and Martha

Click here for last Wednesday's post of lots of Texas' rare butterflies,
and a few common Texas beauties thrown in.

Posted for the viewing enjoyment for
those visiting from Camera Critters.

21 comments:

Stacey Huston said...

Troy and Martha, these photos are great. I feel very guilty as I have a place that is just FULL of swallow tail butter flies(I think) and I am only there in the middle of the day when they are VERY active and (shame on me) I haven't even taken out my camera. will have to see what I can do about that..thanks

Marvin said...

Tis a beautiful butterfly and a great find and photo.

Doug Taron said...

That's a totally cool aberration. I've seen a very similar effect before on an Acadian Hairstreak in Illinois. Nice photo of a very rare find.

Daryl said...

This and the others are just fabulous captures and educational to this city gal who only sees Miller Moths (which Rosie loves to catch and play with) and Monarchs

:-Daryl

fishing guy said...

Troy: Another super capture of the butterfly.

ratmammy said...

Beautiful!

Tash said...

Wow - really pretty specimen. I also enjoyed your whole collection of butterfly photos - superbly photographed. I'm still trying to figure out the name of the one I photographed (http://palosverdesdailyphoto.blogspot.com/2008/07/butterfly-at-botanic-gardens.html) - comparing to your photos it may be a Painted Lady.

kjpweb said...

A beaut this one! Well taken!
Cheers, Klaus

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Superb photography! What a wonderful capture indeed!

bobbie said...

Butterflies are my weakness. Always so beautiful.

shutterhappyjenn said...

That's one stunning photo of the butterfly! Great shot you did here! If I am that, for sure the butterfly would fly away!

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AppleDebbie said...

An exquisite photo of a beautiful butterfly. Very nicely done!

i beati said...

really lovely

babooshka said...

I have rally missed butterflies this year. Last year I had lots of pics, but this year hardly any. Beautiful and educational post.

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi! This is a beautiful butterfly. Lisa

Kahshe Cottager said...

What a great shot! It is beautiful butterfly!

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storyteller said...

What a most unusual butterfly and how interesting to learn about it too. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs and blessings,

Misty Dawn said...

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!! You are exactly right - you HAVE to pay close attention and keep your senses open in order to notice things and truly appreciate the nature around you. You did a fantastic job at this and got an AWESOME photo.

The Texican said...

You really know how to get right up in amongst them. Pappy

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Beautiful photograph of a beautiful creature. I always enjoy the information you share about the subject at hand. Thanks.

Kathiesbirds said...

Troy, I love the striped antennae with the orange dots on the tips. With this close up view the wings look like they are covered in tiny feathers! What a beauty! You did such a great job of capturing this photo.