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One of our favorite butterfly families, the Hairstreak offers much color and geographic distribution. And it's hard to tell if they are coming, or going!

The subfamily Theclinae is a group of butterflies, including the hairstreaks, elfins and allies, in the family Lycaenidae.

They are part of the gossamer-winged butterfly family, and are distinguished by hairlike markings on the underside of the wings. Here are some common ones seen around the USA:

Gray Hairstreak

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Gray Hairstreak

Great Purple Hairstreak

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Great Purple Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

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Juniper Hairstreak Butterfly

Red Banded Hairstreak

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Red-banded Hairstreak Butterfly

Zebra Hairstreak

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Zebra Hairstreak Butterfly

Arizona Hairstreak

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Arizona Hairstreak

Hedgerow Hairstreak

Hedgerow Hairstreak

Striped Hairstreak

Striped Hairstreak

King Hairstreak

King Hairstreak

Silver-banded Hairstreak

Silver-banded Hairstreak

Golden Hairstreak

Golden Hairstreak

Nelson's Juniper Hairstreak

Nelson's Juniper Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak

Coral Hairstreak

Mallow Scrub Hairstreak

Mallow Scrub Hairstreak

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