Gray Hairstreak

Strymon melinus (STRY-mon mel-EYE-nuss)

Gray Hairstreak male - Gainsville, Florida, USA 21-June-2010 [Andrew D. Warren]
Photo © Andrew D. Warren
 

Checklist Number
61.0041

Family:LycaenidaeLeach, 1815
Subfamily:TheclinaeButler, 1869
Tribe:ThecliniSwainson, 1831
Genus:StrymonHübner, 1818
Subgenus:  
Species:melinusHübner, 1818

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Introduction

A single specimen of this Central American species was seen in Pocklington, Yorkshire in 1894, and is believed to have been accidentally imported.

Strymon melinus

This species was first defined in Hübner (1818) as shown here.

Male

Gray Hairstreak male - Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, USA 19-June-2010 [Jeff Trahan]

Male Underside
Photo © Jeff Trahan

Gray Hairstreak female (ssp franki) - Douglas County, Colorado, USA 27-Aug-2011 [Andrew D.Warren]

Female
Photo © Andrew D.Warren

Gray Hairstreak fem (ssp franki) ovipositing on Eriogonum effusum - Douglas County, Colorado, USA 27-Aug-2011 [Andrew D. Warren]

Female Underside
Photo © Andrew D. Warren

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History

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Conservation Status

No conservation action is relevant for this species.

Habitat

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Distribution

2. Adventive
 

This species is considered an adventive, which is a species which arrives in the British Isles with the direct assistance of an external vector, without which it would not be present. Adventives are species that one would not expect to find in this country, either through inadvertent migration or through any other natural means of dispersal, with the exception perhaps of the most extreme meteorological event or possibly the transportation of a stage in the life cycle in a highly unlikely but natural means (e.g. an ovum or larva being transported upon the foot, bill, or plumage of a migratory bird).

Life Cycle

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Imago

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Strymon melinus

Gray Hairstreak male - Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, USA 19-June-2010 [Jeff Trahan]

Photo © Jeff Trahan
19-Jun-2010

Gray Hairstreak female - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA 24-Nov-2009 [Jeff Trahan]

Photo © Jeff Trahan
24-Nov-2009

Gray Hairstreak female (ssp franki) - Douglas County, Colorado, USA 27-Aug-2011 [Andrew D.Warren]

Photo © Andrew D.Warren
27-Aug-2011

Gray Hairstreak fem (ssp franki) ovipositing on Eriogonum effusum - Douglas County, Colorado, USA 27-Aug-2011 [Andrew D. Warren]

Photo © Andrew D. Warren
27-Aug-2011

Gray Hairstreak male - Gainsville, Florida, USA 21-June-2010 [Andrew D. Warren]

Photo © Andrew D. Warren
21-Jun-2010

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Ovum

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Larva

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Pupa

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Aberrations

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References

The species description provided here references the following publications:

ReferenceDetails
Butler (1869) Butler, A.G. (1869) Catalogue of diurnal Lepidoptera described by Fabricius in the collection of the British museum.
Hübner (1818) Hübner, J. (1818) Zuträge zur Sammlung exotischer Schmettlinge.
Leach (1815) Leach (1815) In Brewster: The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia.
Swainson (1831) Swainson, W. (1831) Zoological illustrations, or, Original figures and descriptions of new, rare, or interesting animals, selected chiefly from the classes of ornithology, entomology, and conchology, and arranged according to their apparent affinities (Series 2, Vol.2).