Exquisite. We don't get them here. Are the very small, as our Hairstreaks are? 2cm or so here.
Banded Hairstreaks are a rare butterfly in Nova Scotia at the northern extralimital point of their range in North America. 8 were found on milkweeds, but the actual host plants are oaks. Small in size at about 1.5 inches (2.5-3.8 cm), they are mighty beautiful when freshly emerged as were all specimens I found. This species is new to my biological experience in our province and I was extremely excited needless to say!
What a stunner Mark. That flash of red is so beautiful. So pleased it's been such an exciting find!