JUNIPER hairstreak

This Juniper Hairstreak is perched in his host plant, an Eastern Redcedar tree. Juniper Hairstreaks are usually described as being uncommon in Ohio. However, several of our local parks have dry cedar glade habitat which these butterflies love. Cox Arboretum, Germantown MetroPark, and Twin Creek MetroPark all have good populations of Juniper Hairstreaks. 

This Juniper Hairstreak is nectaring on a Queen Anne's Lace flower. Favored nectar plants include Queen Anne's Lace, rattlesnake master, and milkweed flowers. 

Juniper Hairstreak, tamely perched on my fingertip. This is the only green butterfly you are likely to see in our area. (The only other green butterfly in Ohio is the very rare Early Hairstreak, which lives in extreme southern Ohio.) 

This Juniper Hairstreak has lost part of his wings, giving us an opportunity to see the beautiful, golden-brown dorsal surface. Most hairstreaks rest with their wings closed, and it is rare to get a shot of one with wings open. 

Juniper Hairstreak on butterfly weed (orange milkweed) flowers.

Juniper Hairstreak on swamp milkweed flowers, with a bumblebee looking on. The bumblebee provides a good size reference for this tiny green gem of a butterfly. 

Juniper Hairstreaks usually have two broods in our area. The spring brood flies in April and early May, and the summer brood flies in July. In 2018, I found one Juniper Hairstreak on August 28th, which was an unusually late date for this species (either a partial third brood or a delayed emergence of the second brood).