These diminutive delights can been seen flitting about the yard behind A building. Tiny and tan colored they are often overlooked and considered uninteresting until one has seen them close up.
Like many things in our world, once you have seen and identified something in the wild, it is easy to spot again for the rest of your life.
Grey Hair-streak butterfly
This was a new one for me. So small. About a quarter inch of whitish confetti fluttering from spot to spot on the grass, quickly moved in on the buckeye’s feeding area as soon as the larger little lepidoptera left.
That opportunistic behavior gave me an opportunity to take some pictures of this bit of white ash that was flying from clover to clover. Looking through the viewfinder, I thought I was taking pictures of a ferocious red faced flying insect.
What a surprise it was when I looked at the images on the computer screen. What had looked like a head was decorative camouflage on the trailing edges of it’s wings. There were even fake antennae to complete the deception.
I dragged one of the pics onto Google image’s search box and found out that this amazing creature is the common Grey Hair-streak butterfly.
As Johnny Carson used to say; “I did not know that”.