Sighting for August 10, 2016

Allan R. Loudell

Convenience store/bank wall south of Northeast
Cecil County, MD

Found this Red-banded Hairstreak perched on a convenience-store wall - just after 6 a.m. - close to three Luna moths, the Green Marvel moth, and Papaipema (Borer) moths, among others.

A butterfly perched vertically “sticks out” compared to moths; always an interesting find!

This is not the first time to find a Hairstreak perched on a convenience-store wall or on a lit sheet. I’m inclined to believe Hairstreaks - and Vanessa species — seem to be more attracted to lights overnight than most other butterflies.

  • Red-banded Hairstreak 1