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Sylvan hairstreak (Satyrium sylvinum)        Images © Mark A. Chappell

These little butterflies were common around flowering buckwheat (Eriogonum) in the San Jacinto Mountains of southern California.   Like many butterflies, they usually perch with the wings tightly folded, making it difficult to get an image of the upper wing surface.   This page shows the square-spotted blue, this page shows the Melissa blue, and this page shows the great copper, all of which which were common in the same habitat.

  • Canon 7D2, Sigma 150 mm f2.8 macro lens, fill-in ringflash (2015)