Butterfly Visitor

This gray hairstreak butterfly (Strymon melinus) came to have lunch with us. Perched on our flowering elephant garlic we could see its Monarch butterfly decoy markings. On its tail are markings that resemble a Monarch butterfly including two hair-like extensions on its tail that resemble antennae. The decoy markings trick birds into striking at the back of its wings. It may lose a piece of wing, but live to fly another day.

Did you know: There are over 400 different species of butterflies native to Texas? More than any other state, because everything's better in Texas.



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