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Sooty Hairstreak

Sooty Hairstreak
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Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED AF-S VR, 72mm UV
Exposure: f/9.5, 1/750 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of North-America [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-12 11:49
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Points: 6
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Sooty Hairstreak, Satyrium fuliginosum

Here is another new Lycaenid species illustration for TrekNature. This male Sooty Hairstreak was feeding in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon at about 1,600m elevation. This species is unmistakable for its lack of the more usual "hairstreak" hindwing patterning. It is confined to the North-West USA and British Columbia.

This picture was taken hand-held in natural sunlight, and has been cropped, resized and sharpened for TN.

More information on the species can be found here, although I have included a few salient points below.

Wing span: 1 - 1 1/4 inches (2.5 - 3.2 cm).

Identification: No tails. Upperside drab dark gray. Underside gray to grayish brown; forewing with a line of white-bordered dark spots which may be lacking.

Life history: Males patrol and occasionally perch to seek receptive females. Females lay eggs
singly on host plant or at its base in litter.

Flight: One flight from July-August.

Caterpillar hosts: Various lupines (Lupinus species) in the pea family (Fabaceae).

Adult food: Flower nectar.

Habitat: Sagebrush hills, meadows, fields, road edges.

Range: Local within its range. British Columbia south to central California, east to Wyoming and northern Colorado.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-12 12:45]

Hi Alan,very nice work,this time the point of view make a difference,great detaila,light and colors,not easy to take so perfectly on a white flower,my best compliments,cheers,Luciano

Hi alan,

Unusual pose from behind from this butterfly.
Good of sharpness and lots of details withvery good bg.


Hi Alan,
Nice picture. Good note. TFS.
- Nirmal

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