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Hairstreak Moth on Black-Eyed Susan
Lens: Tamron f/2.8 90mm Camera: Pentax K-3 Photo Location: Manchester, Iowa ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: 1/320s Aperture: F3.5 
Posted By: mroeder75, 07-11-2021, 03:24 PM


There are many varieties of the hairstreak moth. If we have an entomologist, educate us. Cropped it, but otherwise straight out of the camera.
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Good shot! those little guys can be tough to catch sitting.
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Love the complimentary colours
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Nice capture. Glad to now know the name of this moth. Difficult to get a good shot of these. They tend to move frequently if you approach them.

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Like Em said. Terrific color combo here. The most common Hairstreak we have in our area is the Gray Hairstreak. I'm not an entomologist but in my little "Pocket Guide to Pacific Northwest Butterflies and Moths" the hairstreaks are listed under Gossamer-Winged Butterflies. Not moths.
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Beautiful capture with excellent colors and details.
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QuoteOriginally posted by blues_hawk Quote
Good shot! those little guys can be tough to catch sitting.
Thank you! This one kept moving in a circle on the flower. I had to keep moving around the flower to capture it.

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Love the complimentary colours
Thank you! If the actual background were in focus, which includes an old outdoor wood stairwell with gray paint falling off, the colors wouldn't look so complementary. Considering everything, it turned out well.


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Nice shot! I have a couple of these little guys that took up residence in my yard (I think mine are banded hairstreaks, but not positive). They are quite territorial, so usually they are flying about in circles chasing off whatever other butterfly came to close.
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Nice capture. Glad to now know the name of this moth. Difficult to get a good shot of these. They tend to move frequently if you approach them.
Thank you! I did my research on this website for the name: Common Moth and Butterflies of Indiana iNaturalist I went through quite a few photos before I found the right kind.

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Like Em said. Terrific color combo here. The most common Hairstreak we have in our area is the Gray Hairstreak. I'm not an entomologist but in my little "Pocket Guide to Pacific Northwest Butterflies and Moths" the hairstreaks are listed under Gossamer-Winged Butterflies. Not moths.
That's interesting. I thought it was a moth because of its wide body, one of the factors that distinguish moths from butterflies. I am going to take your word for it as I see other corroborating evidence online that hairstreaks are considered a butterfly.

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Nice shot! I have a couple of these little guys that took up residence in my yard (I think mine are banded hairstreaks, but not positive). They are quite territorial, so usually they are flying about in circles chasing off whatever other butterfly came to close.
Thank you! I do not see many, or any. I just happened to walk outside for a moment, saw it there, and walked back in and put a macro lens on my camera, for a little respite from my work.
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