Banded Hairstreak (Satyrium calanus)
The Banded Hairstreak is a small butterfly that is fascinating to watch as it is perched on low branches or shrubs. It is a fun challenge following them because they have an erratic flight pattern.
The Banded Hairstreak is chestnut brown with a beautiful blue patch on the hindwing surrounded by a black and red pattern. The hindwings have two tail-like extensions that are common among Gossamer Wing butterflies.
These butterflies are a pleasant visitor to any landscaping.