Because of this, it has become a Fourth of July Holiday tradition for me to take a little time to survey the Edwards’ Hairstreak population. Of course, I also look at many other things, but for this one outing my priority is to find the hairstreaks.
There were dozens of Edwards’ Hairstreaks nectaring on the Butterfly
Weed. I’ve never before found so many
occurrences of multiple hairstreaks on the same flower clusters.
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Since that time,
I’ve been encouraging oaks to colonize areas near the large ant mounds. Young Black Jack Oaks seem to be the
preferred host species, so these trees are given priority in all management activities.
It was nearly ten years ago
when I discovered a single Edwards’ Hairstreak in this small opening. Now there is a thriving population. Oaks and anthills indicate that the hairstreaks
are a possibility. Add in a clump of
Butterfly Weed and you have the perfect opportunity to observe this butterfly.
I felt like shooing her off the flower and
sending her over to the tree to deposit those eggs before one of the many
flower lurking predators made a meal of her.
I always have to remind myself that wild animals probably know more than
I do about what they should be doing to insure future generations of their
Damaged wings suggested probable
encounters with predators.
It looks like this one has had quite a time,
but it proved to be a strong flier despite the wing damage.
I’m hoping that the
Edwards’ Hairstreak population at Blue Jay Barrens continues its expansion.
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