Sunday, June 29, 2008

Nature at its Best: Edwards' Hairstreak Butterfly

Edwards' Hairstreak, Satyrium edwardsii, is a beautiful little butterfly with a fascinating life cycle. It is called a hairstreak because of the hair-like projections found on the back of the hindwing. It is believed the "hairs" look like antennae and will fool a predator into biting them, thinking it is the head. The butterfly can then escape with only a little damage to the wing. A rarity for Indiana, this butterfly is found in only a few counties near Indianapolis-Brown, Tipton and Parke. But, most records are found in Northern Indiana. Check out the map for all the counties in Indiana where it is found.

Above is a photo of the Allegheny Mound Builders. What an amazing relationship between these two species!StumbleUpon

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