Hessel's Hairstreak

Callophrys hesseli

Genus Callophrys
Subfamily Hairstreaks
Family Gossamer-wings
All Massachusetts Species
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Occurrence   "Primarily eastern MA"
Abundance Uncommon and local, closely associated with Atlantic White Cedar
Flight Period Late May
Notes It takes persistance to see it in cedar swamps - check the heath blossoms.
Overwintering Pupa
More info Massachusetts Butterfly Atlas Website
More info Butterflies of Massachusetts Website
Hessel's Hairstreak is listed as a species of 'Special Concern' in Massachusetts. If you find specimens of this species, please take a photograph, note your location carefully, and use Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Vernal Pool & Rare Species reporting system to report your sighting.
More information on Hessel's Hairstreak from Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife.

Hessel's Hairstreak

Photo by Frank Model - 5/29/2007
Norfolk County, MA

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Hessel's Hairstreak

Photo by Erik Nielsen - 5/26/2007
Norfolk County, MA

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Hessel's Hairstreak

Photo by Barbara Spencer - 5/29/2007
Norfolk County, MA

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Hessel's Hairstreak

Photo by Bo Zaremba - 5/21/2013
Norfolk County, MA

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Hessel's Hairstreak

Photo by Garry Kessler - 5/17/2015
Chatsworth, NJ

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