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Gray Hairstreak Butterfly

A gray hairstreak butterfly
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A gray hairstreak butterfly

The gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus) is a member of the Lycaenidae family, known as the gossamer-winged butterflies and is also the second-largest family of butterflies. It is one of the most common hairstreaks in North America, ranging over nearly the entire continent. It occurs also throughout Central America and in northern South America.

Rudy Mancke served as naturalist and co-host of South Carolina ETV's NatureScene, which began its long run in 1978. His field trips, broadcast nationwide, have earned him a legion of dedicated viewers. Rudy's knowledge of the complex inner-workings of different ecosystems and his great admiration for the natural world make him the perfect guide. In fact, the National Wildlife Federation and the Garden Club of America honored his commitment to resource conservation with special awards. Since retiring from SCETV, Rudy has gone on to teach at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.