Striped Hairstreak butterfly – 7/7/15

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 7/7/15

Observation Time: 7:45 p.m.

Observation Location: Town-owned land at Morse and Lakeview Streets

Common Name: Striped Hairstreak butterfly

Scientific Name: Satyrium liparops

Comments: This small butterfly was feeding on milkweed blossoms. Striped hairstreaks are often present in small numbers when milkweeds and dogbanes are in bloom.

Striped hairstreaks closely resemble banded hairstreaks. The blue marginal spot on the hind wing is capped with orange in the striped hairstreak but not in the banded hairstreak.

More Information: Massachusetts Butterfly Club