Great Purple Hairstreak

By William T. Hathaway

Great Purple Hairstreak

A Hairstreak such as these would be considered a rare visitor to our home turf of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, but I managed to take these photos in Brunswick County, North Carolina. Along a dirt road surrounded by swampy areas, several Hairstreaks were feeding on numerous goldenrod flowers; this small species, especially the male with its reflective colors, added to my sense of adventure. The festoons of Spanish Moss hanging from nearby trees assured me that I wasn't just roaming around in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

It has been my desire that the PittPaths pictures bring forth an appreciation for some of the natural beauty in nature's realm — as for the text, I readily admit the inadequacy of my worded summations.


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