Wild South Florida — Gray Hairstreak
 
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Gray Hairstreak
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The gray hairstreak is a relatively small, blue-gray butterfly found throughout the continental United States, including Florida, and as far south as Venezuela. Its wing-span measures from about an inch to about an inch-and-three-eighths. It also has a red spot near the tale. It uses a variety of plants in the pea and mallow (hibiscus) families as host plants, while feeding on the nectar of a number of wild flowers, including goldenrod. Scientifically known as strymon melinus, it is the most widespread hairstreak found in North America. It's relatively plentiful.

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