If you aren’t up for the trek out to Eastern Neck NWR that Beth, Tom and I made Saturday to pick up Coral Hairstreak, you might want to stop by Northeast Branch in College Park. This is the same location that I blogged about earlier with Banded and Striped Hairstreaks on a patch of dogbane in the fallow fields in back of the Herbert Wells Ice Rink on Paint Branch Parkway, reachable along the Northeast Branch Trail that parallels the creek.
Beth went out yesterday morning to see if she could get Striped Hairstreaks (she did, as illustrated by the great tail-to-tail comparison of Striped and Banded Hairstreak), but she also picked up — a Coral Hairstreak!
Walter Gould went back this afternoon and checked out a few scattered Asclepias tuberosa, butterflyweed, in the same field. And found MORE Coral Hairstreaks. Looks like a great flight year for this species.