Callophrys hesseli

Known from only Baldwin County in Alabama; this is an extremely localized butterfly found only in habitats where its host plant, Atlantic White Cedar, grows.  Appears to fly mainly in the spring in Alabama.  Males establish territories high in the tops of cedars and can often been seen fighting with other males.  Ventral surface of wings green and reddish brown with white markings. First white mark of postmedian forewing band shifted towards margin of wing and white spot in center of forewing distinguish this species from the Juniper Hairstreak.     Similar species:  Juniper Hairstreak

Adult - ventral


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Adult - ventral

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