White M Hairstreak

Place name abbreviations: MPEA - Middle Patuxent Environment Area; PRSP - Patuxent River State Park; PVSP - Patapsco River Valley State Park.

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Common name [Link is to BAMONA] (wingspan range in inches) Occurrence level & flight period.
Habitat. Typically visits (for nectaring). Larval host plants.




White M Hairstreak (1.25–1.7") Rare: L-Apr, Aug-Sep Woods clearings & edges Lance-leaved goldenrod Oaks
White M Hairstreak

April 1, 2016
Mount Pleasant
Kevin Heffernan

White M Hairstreak

April 7, 2012
Wincopin Trail
Annette Allor

White M Hairstreak

April 14, 2014
Waterford Farm
Bonnie Ott

White M Hairstreak

August 15, 2012
Hammond Village
Jo Solem

White M Hairstreak

August 28, 2011
Centennial Park
Danielle Allor

White N Hairstreak

August 29, 2011
Ellicott City
Kathy Litzinger

There is a wonderful story revealed in the photo to the right! For one thing, it shows some of the dorsal wing surface with the brilliant blue, which is never deliberately exposed in a perching individual, unless it can’t help it with such a wing tear. The tear was probably inflicted by an attacking bird, but a piece of the wing tore off, the butterfly escaped, and it went merrily about its business, such as nectaring here, later. Note finally that a prominent part of the tear is from the hindwing just above the red spot and threadlike tail filament that look to a predator much like an insect head and antenna. In this case, the masquerade apparently worked, and the butterfly’s real head and antenna went unscathed.

White M Hairstreak

April 14. 2012
Wincopin Trail
Annette Allor

White M Hairstreak

August 29, 2015
Gateway Business Park
Jim Wilkinson

White M Hairstreak

September 10, 2013
Font Hill Wetland Park
Bonnie Ott

White M Hairstreak

September 17, 2016
Patuxent Branch Trail
Paul Petkus

White M Hairstreak

September 18, 2015
Martin Road, Columbia
Kevin Heffernan

White M Hairstreak

October 2, 2014
Patel Drive, Elkridge
Jim Wilkinson