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A Juniper or, maybe, a Cedar Hairstreak! After spending a few hours trying to determine what the name and subspecies of the butterfly it seems that it is Callophrys gryneus, ssp. plicataria. The older name C. g. barryi is now a synonym. This was determined first in 1976 and confirmed in 2012. As for the common name… take your pick! By the way, they like daisies. Callophrys gryneus,Canada,Geotagged,Juniper hairstreak,Spring Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

A Juniper or, maybe, a Cedar Hairstreak!

After spending a few hours trying to determine what the name and subspecies of the butterfly it seems that it is Callophrys gryneus, ssp. plicataria. The older name C. g. barryi is now a synonym. This was determined first in 1976 and confirmed in 2012. As for the common name… take your pick! By the way, they like daisies.

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  1. Very captivating shot, Gary, love it! Posted 13 days ago
    1. Thanks, Ferdy. Although it appears to be a “macro” shot it was, in fact, taken with my long zoom lens. The camera setting was the same as the one I use to photograph birds in flight. Posted 13 days ago
      1. I sometimes do that too when I can't switch and for decent-sized insects it's great. One advantage is that you get a lot of depth of field for free. Posted 13 days ago

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"Callophrys gryneus", the juniper hairstreak or olive hairstreak, is a butterfly native to North America. It belongs in the family Lycaenidae.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by gary fast
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Uploaded Jun 21, 2022. Captured Jun 14, 2022 14:05 in 315 Whaletown Rd, Whaletown, BC V0P 1Z0, Canada.
  • E-M5MarkIII
  • f/13.0
  • 1/6400s
  • ISO1600
  • 400mm