hairstreak

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hair·streak

 (hâr′strēk′)
n.
Any of numerous butterflies of the subfamily Theclinae, having transverse streaks on the undersurface of the wings and fine, hairlike projections on the hind wings.

hairstreak

(ˈhɛəˌstriːk)
n
(Animals) any small butterfly of the genus Callophrys and related genera, having fringed wings marked with narrow white streaks: family Lycaenidae

hair•streak

(ˈhɛərˌstrik)

n.
any small, dark butterfly of the family Lycaenidae, having hairlike tails on the hind wings.
[1810–20]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hairstreak - small butterflies having striped markings under the wingshairstreak - small butterflies having striped markings under the wings
lycaenid, lycaenid butterfly - any of various butterflies of the family Lycaenidae
genus Strymon, Strymon - large and widely distributed genus of hairstreak butterflies
Strymon melinus - larvae are pests of various economic plants
References in periodicals archive ?
Thaeides Johnson, Kruse & Kroenlein, 1997 (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae, Theclinae, Eumaeini) is a poorly known montane Neotropical genus composed of 5 valid species (Robbins 2004).
Description and phylogenetic analysis of the Calycopidina (Lycaenidae, Theclinae, Eumaeini): a subtribe of detritivores.
Among the phytophagous insects found on mistletoes in Brazil, hairstreak butterflies (Lycaenidae, Theclinae, Eumaeini) are reported as frugivorous upon Psittacanthus spp.