Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

Statewide and generally common in NC, this handsome hairstreak flies from early spring into late fall. Males have abdomens with orange tips, while female abdomenal tips are gray.
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus humuli), Female
Chatham Co., NC
24 Sep 2005
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus humuli), Female
Durham Co., NC
4 Sep 2005

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus humuli), Male
New Hanover Co., NC
28 August 2004
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus humuli), Female
Weymouth Woods State Park
Moore Co., NC
11 June 2003

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Clay Co., NC
20 May 2007

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus humuli)
Madison Co., NC
9 Apr 2012

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus humuli)
Wilkes Co., NC
24 Aug 2016
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus humuli)
Bladen Co., NC
2 Oct 2016

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus humuli) nectaring on Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Moore Co., NC
10 June 2006

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus humuli)

Durham Co., NC
24 July 2005

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus humuli)
The end of my index finger gives a size reference for how small these butterflies really are!
Blackwood Division of Duke Forest
Orange Co., NC
16 July 2003

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus humuli)
Person Co., NC
13 June 2006
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus humuli)
Orange Co., NC
16 June 2006

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus humuli)
Moore Co., NC
10 June 2006
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus humuli)
Orange Co., NC
14 Aug 2011

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus humuli)
Sandhills Gamelands
Scotland Co., NC
11 June 2003
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus humuli)
Weymouth Woods State Park
Moore Co., NC
11 June 2003

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus humuli)
Durham Co., NC
1 May 2005
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus humuli)

Chatham Co, NC
20 Oct 2006
Very worn individual!

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus humuli)
Nectaring on Persicaria lapathifolia
Orange Co., NC
25 Sep 2012
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus humuli)
Nectaring on Clethra alnifolia
Sandhills Game Lands, Scotland Co., NC
4 Aug 2016


Below are western Montana Gray Hairstreaks
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Woodchuck Creek, Missoula Co., MT
30 Apr 2015

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
17 July 2013

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Woodchuck Creek, Missoula Co., MT
18 May 2015
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Sheep Camp, MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
3 July 2015

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Bitterroot River, Missoula Co., MT
17 July 2013

With broad black edging in the post median spot band and margin, this is probably the subspecies Strymon melinus setonia.


Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Woodchuck Creek, Missoula Co., MT
4 July 2015
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
25 July 2015


Colorado Gray Hairstreaks
The individual on the left is aberrant where the normally orange sections are lightly off-pink in color. Compare these two fresh individuals, which were nectaring on Melilotus within a few feet of each other.
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Royal Gorge, Fremont Co., CO
11 July 2016
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Royal Gorge, Fremont Co., CO
11 July 2016

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Royal Gorge, Fremont Co., CO
11 July 2016
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Royal Gorge, Fremont Co., CO
11 July 2016

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Royal Gorge, Fremont Co., CO
11 July 2016



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