Culture Art & Media Photo: Gray Hairstreak Is a Well-Appointed Butterfly By Melissa Breyer Editorial Director Hunter College F.I.T., State University of New York Cornell University Melissa Breyer is Treehugger’s editorial director. She is a sustainability expert and author whose work has been published by the New York Times and National Geographic, among others. our editorial process Melissa Breyer Updated August 13, 2020 marlin harms / Flickr Share Twitter Pinterest Email Culture History Travel Sustainable Fashion Art & Media Holidays Community Our photo of the day comes from San Luis Obispo County, California. Upon first glance, the gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus) may seem like one of the drabber members of the butterfly family. But upon closer inspection, look at those details! The glimpses of bright orange, which really pop against that gray – the delicate tails on the wings, and those striped antennae, which match striped legs (hidden in this shot). What a beauty. Photographer marlin harms writes that the butterfly was "on buckwheat in my yard," and notes that this is "one of few hairstreaks that you’ll ever see open their wings when perched." All the better to show off its pretty bits. Would you like to see your nature photo featured as the TreeHugger photo of the day? Join TreeHugger’s Reader Photo Pool on Flickr and add your pictures to the group. Alternatively, send it to email@example.com with "photo of the day" in the subject line.