Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1206860

Golden Hairstreak
Habrodais grunus

Observation date: July 02, 2018
Submitted by: Scott Burgess
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Saw a male patrolling the bush outside the car as I parked, and noted where he landed. Hopped out of the car, grabbed the camera, and started trying to get a photo of him. Thought 'man, what great camo he has to that leaf behind him,' until it dawned on me the 'leaf' was a female! I got to watch him wiggle his booty in a courtship display. His dance impressed, and she reversed direction to him. Marriage, sex, and no doubt kids in two days. It's all much faster in the insect world.
Status: Resident
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: May 28, 2019
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, California, Humboldt County