Southern Hairstreak

Alan Wormington wormington at
Sat Nov 4 09:59:17 EST 2000


"Rare Hairstreak" sounds good to me as well.  Some may have read old
literature accounts on "Northern" Hairstreak that said the species was
quite mysterious and nowhere common or reliable.  However, is the
southern subspecies relatively common?

Alan Wormington
Leamington, Ontario

On Sat, 4 Nov 2000 08:54:46 -0400 Michael Gochfeld
<gochfeld at EOHSI.RUTGERS.EDU> writes:
> Thanks to Alan for the northern perspective. Now we need some 
> Floridians 
> to tell us whether "Southern Hairstreak" works for them.  I agree 
> entirely with the Alan's on the need to have a broad perspective 
> when it 
> comes to a geographically delineated name.  My contention is that 
> neither name was good (partly for the same reason that Alan just 
> gave). 
> But, I realize now that may have been just a New Jersey perspective. 
> I thought of Rare Hairstreak, because it seems to be rare in most 
> places 
> (Ontario for example, from whence the name S.f.ontario derives), or 
> maybe "Erratic" because it shows up unpredictably one year (often 
> quite 
> commonly) and then disappears. Just as if it were blown in on a wind 
> one 
> year and not the next. 
> Opler gives the etymology for "favonius" as Western Spring Wind. So 
> maybe the Western Hairstreak or Spring Wind Hairstreak or even 
> Favonius 
> Hairstreak might be less confusing than Northern or Southern (or 
> Northern/Southern).
> Mike Gochfeld
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