Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1321385

Coastal Green Hairstreak
Callophrys dumetorum

Observation date: March 23, 2022
Submitted by: docentgal
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: None.
Status: Resident
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: March 24, 2022
Coordinator notes: The actual Coastal Green Hairstreak is back to having the scientific name Callophrys viridis and Callophrys perplexa is now back to Callophrys dumetorum but yours could be subspecies dumetorum not perplexa and you may really have Callophrys viridis. Hard to tell from just a photograph without seeing the habitat or having a series of specimens to examine. Both can occur together. Bamona has not updated this situation to what the ICZN decided several years ago, something I was a part of in making the petition...Ken Davenport Even though there may be doubt about its identity, Bamona does not recognize Callophrys viridis so I'll accept your record and explaining why this is what it is. And it is a greenie from an area that should have Coastal Green Hairstreaks!
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