Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

This is my second time to photograph the Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak, Strymon istapa, in my garden. The first time, back in November when one was on a Heliconia flower being attacked and eventually eaten by a Jumping Spider. See that blog post. This one was at the top of my garden along the top of the garden wall, flitting from plant to plant. A tiny, thumbnail sized butterfly in the Gossamer Wings Family, Lycaenidae. See both sets of photos in my Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak GALLERY.

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak, Atenas, Costa Rica



Here’s 3 more photos of this guy . . .

See all of the tiny Gossamer Wings in my GALLERY.

¡Pura Vida!

I am heading to Xandari Nature Resort in Alajuela today and hope to have a first post from there late tonight or certainly by tomorrow. And it might be more butterflies, since that is one of the best locations I’ve found for butterflies, BUT, Jan-Mar is our dry season “Windy Time,” making it more difficult for butterflies to fly. So we will see what happens!

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