First Butterfly Walk of the new year- A Juniper Hairstreak!

The colors on the juniper hairstreak are stunning!
The colors on the juniper hairstreak are stunning!

Well, today I took my first butterfly walk with Tom Gagnon of the season.  And what a walk it was.  We went looking for the Juniper Hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus) and found it in the juniper stand on Mt. Tom.  We also saw a wild indigo duskywing, a dreamy duskywing, american lady, a tiger swallow tail, and newly out of their chryalis, an american copper and a pearl crescent! And if that wasn’t enough, great eyes caught site of a peregrine on the side of the cliff in the quarry!  A wonderful day! Remember to click onto the pictures to enlarge!

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Here’s the happy group of butterfliers!
Notice that the hairstreak has tails to distract predators and have them focus on the rear. So the butterfly can escape flying forward!
Notice that the hairstreak has tails to distract predators and have them focus on the rear. So the butterfly can escape flying forward!
Wonderful!
Wonderful!
The wild indigo duskywing.
The wild indigo duskywing.
And the dreamy duskywing!
And the dreamy duskywing!
The American lady sat still for about half a second!
The American lady sat still for about half a second!
While the American copper posed for the camera...
While the American copper posed for the camera…

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And the pearl crescent soaked up the spring sunshine!
And the pearl crescent soaked up the spring sunshine!
Our fearless leader, Tom, always looking up!
Our fearless leader, Tom, always looking up!

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