Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 901588

'Northern' Southern Hairstreak
Satyrium favonius ontario

Observation date: June 01, 2013
Date notes: Late morning
Submitted by: gunhilda
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: These hairstreaks are new to me, and I originally identified it as a Soapberry Hairstreak based on the number of tails and the apparent white bars on the forewing and hindwing. But, after taking more pictures and looking at them more closely, I think I'm probably looking at all the same species with a lot of individual variation. The butterflies are very active today after several days of high winds, high humidity, and storms. First sunny, fairly calm day this week. On another note, last year this privet hedge had probably twice as many butterflies as it does this year, and of a much different variety.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stomlins701
Verified date: June 20, 2013
Coordinator notes: S. Favonius ontario primarily differs from nominate favonius by having a small orange cap on the underside hindwing blue blotch near the tails. This sighting has that orange cap.
Checklist region(s): United States, Oklahoma, Payne County