Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sheridan's Hairstreak

Sheridan's Hairstreak
The Sheridan's Hairstreak is a small butterfly that is found in western North America. Their range stretches from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast and from Canada to southern California and New Mexico. They are the state butterfly of Wyoming, which is where I photographed this butterfly on a trip to Yellowstone. Usually when we go to Yellowstone it is in May and it is usually still cold and snowy. In 2009 however it was warmer then usual and most of the snow had melted when we arrived at our usual time in May. That year grizzly bears and wolves were not around to photograph, they had already headed up to the higher altitudes, but their were some birds and insects like the Sheridan's hairstreak that we did not usually see. One thing that is strange about the Sheridan's hairstreak is that it does not have the small hair like tail that most hairstreaks have.


7 comments:

Friend of HK said...

It is indeed a hairy butterfly. We don't have anything like that in Hong Kong.Thanks for sharing.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Gorgeous butterfly!

Muhammad khabbab said...

I think i have seen this butterfly in our subtropical climate as well. Very well captured.

Stewart M said...

Splendid picture - great definition on the wings.

Stewart M - Australia

Linda Makiej said...

Beautiful shot and wonderful subject here!
Have a great day! :)

Pat said...

Beautiful capture!

Emille said...

Great shot! Particularly for the fur that is also seen. Hubby's photography class also went in May to Yellowstone - too cold for me:)