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Any of numerous butterflies of the subfamily Theclinae, having transverse streaks on the undersurface of the wings and fine, hairlike projections on the hind wings.
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(Animals) any small butterfly of the genus Callophrys and related genera, having fringed wings marked with narrow white streaks: family Lycaenidae
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any small, dark butterfly of the family Lycaenidae, having hairlike tails on the hind wings.
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Noun1.hairstreak - small butterflies having striped markings under the wingshairstreak - small butterflies having striped markings under the wings
lycaenid, lycaenid butterfly - any of various butterflies of the family Lycaenidae
genus Strymon, Strymon - large and widely distributed genus of hairstreak butterflies
Strymon melinus - larvae are pests of various economic plants
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Twenty-three species of butterfly have been spotted on the site so far including ringlet, gatekeeper and green hairstreak.
High Sheriff of Surrey Jim Glover plants the first tree in a wildlife corridor at Clandon Woods Nature Reserve to help the rare white-letter hairstreak butterfly thrive
The Spanish Festoon, Painted Lady and Purple Hairstreak are all types of what native to Britain?
Second was Pete Smith with "Long Tailed Tit" and Gianpiero Ferrari received 18 points each for his "Egyptian Vulture" and "Green Hairstreak on Birds Foot Trefoil".
Two of the rarest, the large blue and the black hairstreak, recorded their best year since monitoring began in 1976.
3 Gray Hairstreak (g) Strymon melinus 4 Variegated Fritillary (g) Euptoieta claudia 9 Checkered White (g) Ponlia protodice 3 Cabbage White (g) Pieris rapae 3 Common Checkered-skipper (g) Pyrgus communis 9 Common Sootywing (g) Pholisora catullus 1 Regal Fritillary (s) Speyeria idalia 9 Great Spangled Fritillary (s) Speyeria cybele 1 Red Admiral (g) Vanessa atalanta 0 Painted Lady (g) Vanessa cardui 0 Number counted Common name Steer+Sheep Total Proportion Eastern Tailed-blue (g) 992 1736 0.82 Grass Skipper spp.
For lepidoptorologists there are plenty of butterflies - species to be seen include white admiral, purple hairstreak and silver-washed fritillary.
Butterflies include meadow brown, small heath, brown Argus and, in August, a few brown hairstreak.
Like, say, the rusty-patched bumble bee in Illinois, or the yellow-faced bee in Hawaii, or the Hessel's hairstreak in Maine, to name a few.
IF YOU take a stroll around the Cleveland countryside you might come across a green hairstreak.