The Silver-banded Hairstreak Butterfly

I found a new butterfly roaming our hillside in December last year, it was the Silver-banded Hairstreak butterfly (Chlorostrymon simaethis). Silver-banded Hairstreak Butterfly (Chlorostrymon simaethis) This butterfly is also called the St. Christopher’s Hairstreak and the Key Lime Hairstreak. It is a North and South American butterfly in the family Lycaenidae.Silver-banded Hairstreak Butterfly (Chlorostrymon simaethis) When I first saw this butterfly fluttering around, I was intrigued at seeing it, for I thought parts of its cocoon was still stuck unto its wings.

But not so, what I saw was a dark brownish-red patch with a variable amount of silvery-white frosting. This frosting extends across the entire edge of the hind wing. Silver-banded Hairstreak Butterfly (Chlorostrymon simaethis) This butterfly did not open its wings long enough for me to get a picture, but I read that while the colour of the underside of its wings is green, the upperside is brownish-purple in colour. The hind wings have one pair of tails. Silver-banded Hairstreak Butterfly (Chlorostrymon simaethis) Final photos (front and back views)Silver-banded Hairstreak Butterfly (Chlorostrymon simaethis) Silver-banded Hairstreak Butterfly (Chlorostrymon simaethis) Silver-banded Hairstreak Butterfly (Chlorostrymon simaethis)

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