Juniper Hairstreak Callophrys gryneus

A butterfly that is variable across the US in various subpopulations. The ones in Arkansas are usually this mint green, some dark, some light with rufous and these accent silver bars.  Unmistakable butterfly in the east. And never common. Though I have a brief eruption on my property every March when one looks carefully. This one was touching invisible eggs to this sprig of cedar that was actually on a large cedar tree. Dark and fast fluttery fliers, they can be hard to track when they move between perches. 

This fresh individual shows the extensive silvering on the hindwing better. They are never far from a cedar tree, though they do sometimes pop over to nearby flowers for nectar. This bitterweed, Helenium amarum, was within ten yards of a cedar row in Toadsuck park.

Another individual shows the variation. Much less intense greens here with some blue tones in the hindwing. Muted reds. Decreased hind silvering.

Spring individual from my meadow again with even more color distribution. Some blue tones and very decreased silvered strip.

April 2011 individual on a day in my meadow where I saw 30 of these. Dropping from my old cedars onto the array of flowers in my widened meadow. These are apparently endlessly variable.

April 2015 and the Junipers boomed again. The Viburnum in the yard planted many years ago finally got its timing right and was covered at times with 15 or 20 Juniper Hairstreaks. 
And June 2015 Junipers were still going. In Cleburne county we had several in one morning and for the butterfly count had a high count of 5 in that year. Endlessly photogenic, this one has lost or possibly never had much green on the forewing.
2017 version on Round Mountain. Sharply green and beautiful gray white scaling posteriorly on the hindwing. These are every single one different. But this one is most similar to the Toadsuck specimen way up on this page.