Strymon melinus - Gray Hairstreak

Strymon melinus - Gray Hairstreak

Strymon melinus –  Gray Hairstreak sitting on a Viguiera stenoloba –  Skeleton-Leaf Goldeneye aka Resinbush. If you look closely you will notice the head at the bottom of the  butterfly and the tail sporting a couple of fake antennae that actually wiggle around quite a bit while it is feeding. Apparently this evolved as a survival  advantage – one can imagine that if a predator goes after the false antennae , the butterfly is free to fly away and pass on its genes to the next generation which is how natural selection works.