Hessel's Hairstreak (Callophrys hesseli)
This rarely seen spectacular mint-green and brown butterfly is found only near wet areas in the Coastal Plain where its host tree, Atlantic Whitecedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides), grows. They are most often seen nectaring in mid-morning and late afternoon (the butterfly at left was nectaring on Amelanchier at 4:30 pm).
Similar to the much more common and widespread Juniper Hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus), but the first spot on the forewing band is offset, there is a lone white spot on the forewing towards the body, and the white line on the hindwing is more jagged. The two species do not occur in similar habitats.
Bladen Co., NC 3/25/07