Monday, 21 July 2014

Another (!) Rare Nova Scotia Butterfly... 

It's amazing what you can find when you're not looking! This is one of six (count 'em, 6) Acadian hairstreaks, Satyrium acadica, found on July 20th in two different locations. These are the first Acadian hairstreaks recorded from Nova Scotia during the past 5 years (and it's only been found from three locations in New Brunswick during the same time period) of the Maritime Butterfly Atlas project.

One of the Acadian hairstreaks, Satyrium acadica, found near the Wallace Bay NWA. This is one of 5 individuals found in the same patch of thistles (although this one is nectaring on white sweet clover).

This Acadian hairstreak, Satyrium acadica, has sustained some hindwing damage so the bright orange spots on the upperside of the hindwings is visible. Most hairstreaks never bask with their wings open.

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