Two coral hairstreaks enjoyed a rendezvous in the wildflower garden yesterday afternoon.
Hairstreaks get their name from "hair-like" tails that extend from their hindwings. An”eye spot” of red or blue usually accompanies the tails. The tails are thought to function as a protective device to distract predators that usually attack the tail. This species is seldom seen with its wings open; instead you will see the vivid orange (coral) spot band below the tail that gives this species its common name, coral hairstreak. Male and females are essentially alike, but females wings are more rounded.