Hairstreaks, Coppers and Blues are a seemingly mixed bag of butterflies. This is a Gray Hairstreak on some spring Buckeye flowers. A caterpillar that will eat anything and a butterfly that is everywhere, the Gray is a successful species. The azures in this group are still under study but we now have both a spring and summer species.

The Hairstreaks are the big spring show in the butterfly world in the south. Several species remain into the summer flight season in our area but the first white flowers in April and May are the places to see the intricate spring Hairstreak group. Many of them have tree-feeding caterpillar species and thus the wooded Ozarks and Ouachitas are rich with Hairstreak fodder. In good years one can see hundreds of Hairstreaks in a spring afternoon.