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Gray Hairstreak, Common Hairstreak - Strymon melinus

Gray Hairstreaks (Strymon melinus) are common throughout North America. In our Southern California gardens we can see up to 3 broods in a season. Larval foods include Oaks, Mints, Mallows, and plants in the pea family. Adults are happy with nectar from almost any blooming plants. Gray Hairstreaks can be a pest with corn and cotton crops. This Gray Hairstreak is feeding on Eriogonum fasciculatum. Gray Hairstreaks are 1.25", males and females are similar. We have an extensive list of plants that will attract these beauties to your butterfly garden.

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Gray Hairstreak, Strymon melinus