Half-Moon Hairstreak Butterfly
The half-moon hairstreak butterfly is a small grassland butterfly found in Western North America. There is a lot that we do not know about this species, so much of our work is about unravelling those mysteries.
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The half-moon hairstreak has several lookalikes such as the Melissa blue and the Boisduval blue butterflies, but it can be distinguished, while at rest, as it does not open and close its wings when perched on a plant.
The half-moon hairstreak, like many Lycaenid butterflies, has a special relationship with ants. The butterfly larvae will secrete a sugary substance that will attract and feed the ant and in return, the ant will protect the larvae from other predators.