I've been seeing a lot of hairstreaks lately and over the past week and have seen seven and eight species in a single day. But I've failed to match the nine species from Christmas Day 2012. Once again the common species started to pile up in a hurry. First it was the common regulars, Dusky-blue Groundstreak, Gray Hairstreak and Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak.
Then there was the not so pretty Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak. It's been a good year for them.
And then the very flashy Silver-banded Hairstreak.
And a cute little Clytie Ministreak in a weird pebbly form.
Number seven on the day was another butterfly found the day before, a Red-crescent Scrub-Hairstreak.
They have been common up on Brushline Road but this was my first at the NBC in a couple of years.
I wasn't finding anything else so I headed down to the old gardens when several people were looking at a Great purple Hairstreak in the jasmine tree, #8 for the day.
I wandered off a ways and heard the cry off in the distance that something good had been found. I ran over to find a group looking at a White Scrub-Hairstreak. I saw my first just a couple of weeks ago.
I did a lot of searching for number ten but it wasn't to be. I did get to see this Giant White over at Bentsen.