I almost missed the brief hairstreak season a month ago. Here’s one of these pretty little butterflies I saw at the end of hairstreak week:
It’s more than a week, but the peak – when the butterflies are freshest – is a week or so. Hairstreaks are quite small and fast. When they land, they are constant motion, often a slow pirouette as the walk around the flower collecting nectar.
The nature note in my area of Massachusetts is drought. We had a very wet spring, followed by a glorious green start of summer. Now the green is turning to brownout in hilly grassy areas and lots of wilting vegetation. I hear people talk about how good the weather is, but I see the cost of all the sun. Places that were mowed aren’t growing back, hardy plants are failing. I wonder how it directly if affects insect populations; now is a lull in the summer butterfly season, so it’s hard to tell. I wonder how fall populations will be affected – we’ll see.