Edward's Hairstreak (Satyrium edwardsii) Peaslee WMA, Cumberland County, NJ - 6/30/01 (Many!)
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Edward's Hairstreak

Edward's Hairstreak

Edward's Hairstreak


Edward's Hairstreak

Edward's Hairstreak

Edward's Hairstreak


Edward's Hairstreak

Edward's Hairstreak

Edward's Hairstreak


Edward's Hairstreak

Edward's Hairstreak

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I think the only previous record for Edward's Hairstreak in Cumberland County is one (?) specimen by Dale Schweitzer (1994), and a photo of a probable from last year in July (Bob Behrstock) on the powerline that runs through Peaslee WMA.

On 30 June 2001 I found many Edwards Hairstreaks flying with Banded Hairstreak (same host plant - Quercus ilicifolium). I estimated 15-20 different individual Edward's Hairstreaks visiting one single patch of butterfly weed. An occasional Banded Hairstreak would join them but most of the Bandeds seen were territorial males on the host plant. Banded Hairstreaks have been flying since at least 21 June, but I looked for Edward's Hairstreak at this location on 23 June and found none. Most of the Edward's looked immaculate fresh. All of the photos are different individuals...note the variation.

Click here to compare the similar Banded Hairstreak (Satyrium calanus)

Digital Pictures by Bob Barber bbarber@odonate.com