Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 541277

Western Green Hairstreak
Callophrys affinis

Observation date: June 12, 2011
Submitted by: plex1ppus
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: A confusing sighting, as sympatric with C sheridanii. see Jon Pelham's notes, below. Another feature, one that plays out with one of your spread specimens, is that C.sheridanii is rarely fulvous or orangish on the dorsal surface and when it is it is a 'cold' color not warm like affinis. I have never sampled an orangish sheridanii in Washington but have reared several. My analysis, very imperfect, follows: C.affinis specimens_20041202_4261.JPG specimens_20041202_4262.JPG specimens 20041202_4263.JPG Butterflies-Callophryssp2(sm).jpg C.sheridanii specimens_20041202_4265.JPG Probably affinis based on a gestalt wing shape thing; hard to tell specimens_20041202_4267.JPG specimens_20041202_4268.JPG I also have some live photos if you wish to see them.
Status: Resident
Verified by: davidwdroppers
Verified date: June 28, 2011
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): Spokane County, Washington, United States