Serendipity: Webster calls it “the faculty of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for.”
Exactly! Thoughts of an upcoming Appalachian Butterfly Conference has me a tither with the possibilities. Sorting through some past photos from Shawnee and Adams County, I stumbled upon this stunner.
I understand, a little gray-brown butterfly no bigger than a button may not send shivers up your spine. But when it finally sunk into my thick skull - this is no ordinary Banded Hairstreak, this is something different! I was stoked: Butterflies!
So, it is actually a Southern Hairstreak, Fixsenia favinius ontario according to Jaret Daniel's Butterflies of Ohio, Northern Oak Hairstreak if you use the Kauffman guide. Either way... it is a new one for me and an attractive little guy I might add.
So pull out your field guides and start brushing up on your skipper and hairstreak IDs, 'cause August will be here before you know it. Weedpicker loves wings!