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White-M Hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album)

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Here is an honest "holy grail" species to encounter
here on the eastern seaboard of the U.S.

Just encountering one of these "pennies from heaven"
sets one apart from most all other enthusiasts. Usually
only encountered as solitary individuals they simply
leave one in shock at first sight !

Below, I have posted 2 photographs taken from the
McGuire Center collections/site. These are bred examples
and are just about the only way to get such pristine ones.

Wild collected examples most often bear signs of having
"lived the life" so near A'1s are few and far between.

However, just finding one is a GRAND day out....

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An unknown species to me here in the U.K. so thank you for sharing the information & photos. I can see why they would leave you in shock. Exquisite butterflies.
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One of my absolute favorites! The blue is more brilliant than the Great Purple. i have managed to capture only a couple of these, and they are not in pristine condition as are these.
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Only once in my life have I seen this amazing species
AND managed to capture it !

It was pure luck and happenstance that I would be on
vacation with my family during the early spring (break)
which schools have in my region. This is a time when
some families take a trip somewhere or when the
college kids have a brief respite from studies and go
down to florida or the gulf coast to party with friends.

I was on a family trip.... We spent a week in central
Florida of which 3 of those days were Disney-related
as my children were quite young.

On March 29th 2006 we set off to spend the day at Epcot
(one of the 4 diffrent parts) that make up Walt Disney
World. Around noon that day we thought we would take
a brief break, give the kids some light snacks, and snag
a couple guick soda's at the local beverage carts. Lunch
would have to wait a bit as lunch lines were long.

While the wife tended to the kids needs I meandered
over to the local beverage guy and made my purchase
and arrived back. Whilst standing with family sipping
on my pop a quick fluttering movement caught my eye
in the immediate vicinity of my daughters stroller. As
luck would have it -- there sitting on the overhead shroud
of her stroller was a thumb-sized hairstreak casually
moving its hindwings (back and forth).

I said to my wife "don't make a move". I'm not sure what
species it is and I sure don't have one ! She said go over to
that trash can and find an empty cup. I did and then a quick
rinse of water and a napkin dry and my container was set.
Fortunately, it came with a lid !

The little hairstreak maintained its station with all this
going's-on and I managed to catch it --- stealthily.

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I would wind-up carrying my capture the rest of that day
in the storage section of the stroller. I really didn't have
any serious hopes of getting it truly (intact) once back at
our room but, something was better than nothing and I
knew I didn't have whatever it was. I quickly dispatched
it with my kill bottle once we arrived and papered it.

To my absolute amazement those long ribbon-like tails
remained intact and the specimen appeared ex-pupae.
Once home, I relaxed it and spread it with surprising ease.
A quick search of my literatue helped confirm that I had
ACTUALLY captured this seldom encountered species -- a
female.

What a day --- for more reasons than one....
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Isn't it funny how you can go into the field well prepared with everything to catch and secure your prize, and see nothing of significance. But then you come across a great prize when you least expect it and are ill prepared for a capture. Good on you for improvising in "the moment" and making a catch you will never forget.
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I’ve seen four and caught three of these little gems. Love them.
Top….from Citrus Co., FL leg Norm Seaborg, 1975 (from Norm S. Collection)
Middle two……from Ocala Nat Forest, FL leg Bill Garthe, 1987
Bottom….St. Tammany Parish, LA leg Bill Garthe, 2017
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Fantastic Bill !

These fellows are ALWAYS pretty spectacular
and seldom encountered overall.

Well Done....
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This is the kind of story I really enjoy.

Who hasn't carried some bug for hours? It's also why I carry a pack with a net in it; if it's not on me, it's in the truck. But generally if I'm not in the market I have the pack (and net) on.

Now, getting that sucker from the cup into something would be a challenge. Heck, Disney- not a drop of Vodka for miles. I have regularly caught unexpected specimens, give them a squish, and fold a US bill into a specimen triangle. God knows how many specimens I have that came home that way.

Nice job.
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I personally caught one of these beauties back in 1987, on a visit to Vernon's Anita Springs home in Louisiana. It was a mothing weekend, but Vernon allowed us to collect during the day on his
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property. That's when I came across the female (top one). The other pair are ex-ova which I was able to get from a local collector just before he donated his collection to the museum. They are ex-ova from Pennsylvania.
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Very nice indeed mothman55 !🎉☺️

You have a nice story yourself having collected your female example at Vernon's property.

Those other two are a mighty nice gift to receive from your local collector friend who donated his collection. You had a good eye for the species when you picked those out !👀👍🎉☺️

I do like your printed (species identification) labels. Can I ask what size font you use for the print ? Is there a specific (style) of font you use ? Could I see a couple of different labels close up ?

Thank you for your kind participation in this thread.
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This is one of only 2 specimens I have. This one is in poor condition and the other one is worse. I hope to find better ones but I seldom see them. If anyone has collecting tips for this species, please post them here.
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Trehopr1 - I wish I could answer your species label question. A couple of years ago I downloaded a labelling program and converted all my manually written specimen labels and species labels to more professional looking labels. Once I was done, I deleted the downloaded software as I was concerned there may have been a virus in it. So I don't know what the fonts were, all I remember is that I believe the program was called "EntomoLabels", but as I said, I was concerned about a virus. It may be that there was no virus, but I was taking no chances.
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mothman55 wrote: Sat Jan 13, 2024 3:49 pm I personally caught one of these beauties back in 1987, on a visit to Vernon's Anita Springs home in Louisiana. It was a mothing weekend, but Vernon allowed us to collect during the day on hisDSCF7089.JPG property. That's when I came across the female (top one). The other pair are ex-ova which I was able to get from a local collector just before he donated his collection to the museum. They are ex-ova from Pennsylvania.
I, too, got to visit Vernon and collect at his place. Moths were my focus, but I got some butterflies as well. He and his wife very gracious hosts.
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mothman55 wrote: Sat Jan 13, 2024 6:24 pm I believe the program was called "EntomoLabels"
(Sorry, off-topic: This is the program I use to make my labels. Fairly simple to use & the creator has been steadily improving it.)
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Here in SE Louisiana, USA this is a very common species. Most specimens were collected using ultraviolet light traps, the remainder utilizing fermenting bait traps, flight traps, and netting by hand. I have personally captured several thousand wild adults, the majority in automatic-capture mercury vapor light traps. About 25 years ago I published a one page species account on this species titled: Citation: Brou Jr., Vernon A. 2000. Parrhasius m-album (Lycaenidae) in Louisiana. South. Lepid. News 22: 31. In that publication I reported about 7 annual broods for P. m-album occurring mostly at 36-day intervals with adults occurring February-November. But in the intervening 25 years I have captured thousands more, now I can revise those 7 annual broods to probably 9 annual broods in all 12 months. That is the reason I have captured so very many, and the fact that my property here is filled with many different species of oak trees.

Many other species of hairstreaks here are single brooded annually. Despite that, the fact that i have operated numerous light traps continuously for the past 55 years, I have captured hundreds to thousands of those as well. One other hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops) has four annual broods. Attached is the species account published 19 years ago. This species is extremely abundant in automatic capture mercury vapor light traps. In fact i have captured 250 adults in a single night in my light traps.
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