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Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2020 15:26:37 +0000
From: Bryan Reynolds <nature_photo_man...> [okleps] <okleps...>
Subject: [okleps] White-M Hairstreak, Parrhasius m-album

All,

I've always been on the lookout for the White-M Hairstreak, Parrhasius m-album. I don't know if they're rare in central Oklahoma, or if they pretty much just stay high up in the oaks. I spotted my very first one in 2010 at all places, the Oklahoma City Zoo. I'm not really a zoo-goer, but we had family (with young kids) visiting, and decided to check it out. They had a 'butterfly garden' and low and behold, perched on a coneflower, was a White-M. Of course, I didn't have my camera... Then fast forward to 2015 and I was at the Chickasaw NRA on top of Bromide Hill. It was early in the season and working some tree flowers was a White-M. It's body was not lined up parallel with my film-plane, and once it finally twisted into position, I fired a shot. Off it went never to be seen again. My shot was not a keeper and I've still not seen any more in years of looking. Anyway, I was out on my property (Cleveland County) on Monday, 23 March, photographing early spring wildflowers and morel mushrooms, when a hairstreak flushed from below my feet. I immediately saw blue and my initial instinct was a Red-banded. It didn't go far and landed back down in the leaf-litter. I bent down and couldn't believe it, here was a White-M. It looked very dark and strange, so I changed my gear over to macro and took some photos. Besides the dark color, it was also missing its palps. So, I wonder if perhaps it was very freshly eclosed and that's why it was dark and perhaps the palps fell off as it was prematurely flushed? Also, I'm assuming these guys pupate in the leaf-litter? I'd like to hear your thoughts. Who would have ever guessed I'd find one of these on my property.

Take care,
Bryan

Bryan E. Reynolds

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