Juniper Hairstreak Callophrys gryneus (Hübner, [1819])    Synonyms: Callophrys gryneus gryneus, Mitoura grynea.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Lepidoptera   >   Family Lycaenidae   >   Genus Callophrys   

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The Juniper Hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus) is a small, nickel-sized butterfly, a subtly beautiful pastel green on the underside of its wings, normally the only side visible. Like most lycaenids, it usually keeps its wings folded shut over its back. As its name would suggest, Juniper Hairstreak is partial to junipers (Juniperus sp.), a genus with one extant species in Maryland, the Eastern Red Cedar. The hairstreak is closely associated with its host tree, and consequently, is normally found in field or on hillsides with red cedars. The butterfly is found locally, with the spring brood flying in April, and a second brood active in July (Butterflies of Maryland: A Biological Summary and Checklist by Lynn Davidson & Richard Smith; Brock & Kaufman 2003; Allen 1997).

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The larval food plant is Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana).

There are 135 records in the project database.

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A Juniper Hairstreak in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/1/2013). Photo by Barbara Thurlow. (MBP list)

A Juniper Hairstreak in Howard Co., Maryland (7/11/2012). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Juniper Hairstreak in Cecil Co., Maryland (4/24/2016). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

A Juniper Hairstreak in Howard Co., Maryland (7/25/2014). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Juniper Hairstreak in Howard Co., Maryland (7/11/2012). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Juniper Hairstreak in Howard Co., Maryland (7/20/2014). Photo by Kevin Heffernan. (MBP list)

Juniper Hairstreak in Montgomery Co., Maryland (7/19/2009). (c) Stephen John Davies, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Stephen John Davies via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

A Juniper Hairstreak in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/2/2018). Photo by Tim Carney. (MBP list)

A Juniper Hairstreak in Allegany Co., Maryland (4/28/2018). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Juniper Hairstreak in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/3/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

Juniper Hairstreak in Washington Co., Maryland (5/8/2007). (c) Hans Holbrook, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Hans Holbrook. (MBP list)

Juniper Hairstreak in Howard Co., Maryland (7/23/2014). Photo by Nancy Magnusson. (MBP list)

Juniper Hairstreak in Allegany Co., Maryland (3/29/2020). (c) Stephen John Davies, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Stephen John Davies via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

A Juniper Hairstreak in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/11/2021). Photo by Jim Moore. (MBP list)

Juniper Hairstreak in Frederick Co., Maryland (4/29/2015). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Juniper Hairstreak in Howard Co., Maryland (7/20/2014). Photo by Kevin Heffernan. (MBP list)

A Juniper Hairstreak in Howard Co., Maryland (7/9/2016). Photo by Kevin Heffernan. (MBP list)

A Juniper Hairstreak in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (7/15/2019). Photo by Tyler Bell. (MBP list)

Juniper Hairstreak in Somerset Co., Maryland (7/5/2013). (c) botanygirl, some rights reserved (CC BY). Photo by botanygirl via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Juniper Hairstreak in Baltimore Co., Maryland (4/14/2012). (c) jrcagle, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by jrcagle via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

A Juniper Hairstreak in Howard Co., Maryland (7/29/2014). Photo by Kurt Schwarz. (MBP list)

Juniper Hairstreaks mating in Allegany Co., Maryland (4/11/2021). (c) jugbayjs, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by jugbayjs via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Juniper Hairstreaks in Allegany Co., Maryland (4/11/2021). (c) jugbayjs, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by jugbayjs via iNaturalist. (MBP list)


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