Sunday, June 1, 2014

CA hairstreak ~ 06/01/14 ~ Pinnacles

Here's another worn-torn individual shown nectaring on CA buckwheat.  It's superficially similar to the grey hairstreak, down to similar bite marks out of the hind portion of their wings.  Those tail-end bright spots sure seem to do their job in keeping these little snack-sized morsels alive long enough to get to the worn-torn looking stage.  Cool beans.  I wonder what the spots look like under UV for bird predators?  Girl?  I can't tell.


biobabbler said...

What a beauty, and WHAT a great shot! =) And I have a serious soft spot for buckwheat, so always glad to see that, too. =)

Katie (Nature ID) said...

Thanks, bb! I appreciate your enthusiasm, especially for little grey jobs (LGJ vs. LBJ for moth brown).