Butterfly ~ Great Blue/Purple Hairstreak (Male) by Kimberly Chadwick

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Butterfly ~ Great Blue/Purple Hairstreak (Male) by 

Taken in Tucson, Arizona with my Canon Powershot SX10IS 3-21-2010 while on a browse at Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum

Cover image for the Butterflies of the Desert Calendar


The iridescent turquoise color of this species must be seen to be believed. However, since hairstreaks generally perch with their wings together, the glint of its blue can only be seen when it flies. One usually sees it as a triangular-shaped, mostly black butterfly with two long, twisted, thread-like tails on its hind wings.

Great blues favor tall flowering shrubs or vines and often nectar upon seep willow. They are a solitary species, quite fond of damp spots. In the afternoon, males frequent treetops on the summits of hills. Even if disturbed, the great blue will often return repeatedly to its treetop territory.

Larval foodplant: Mistletoes growing on oak, ash cottonwood, juniper, mesquite, etc.

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My goal is to get my name out there among the vast ocean of Natural photographers. To be known for my skill with a Point & Shoot~

My images are not photo shopped. They have only been adjusted with basic sharpening, contrasting & saturation techniques. I believe that in order to appreciate Nature, you have to capture it as it is, naturally.

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  • Geoff Beck
    Geoff Beckabout 5 years ago

    Nice shot Kimberly.

  • Thank you Geoff very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantabout 5 years ago

    O kimberly how beautiful ! I have never seen one of these ! :)

  • I saw him at the desert Museum around the coatis. Thank you ma’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 5 years ago

    Gee, ain’t Nature just GRAND? Photographer’s not bad either….

  • LOL, thank you my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 5 years ago


  • Thank you so much Marvin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 5 years ago

    Lovely capture. Reminds me a bit of our elusive Orchard Swallowtails.

  • He was the first for me and I so loved learning about him. I am hoping to see more! Thanks~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Bianca Todd
    Bianca Toddabout 5 years ago

    what a beautiful butterfly!

  • I agree beet! I was very excited about seeing one different that I have seen, thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Paul Thompson Photography
    Paul Thompson ...about 5 years ago

    Stunning work!!

  • Thank you Paul for stopping to take a visit in my world honey, I appreciate that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisalmost 5 years ago

    Very beautiful!

  • I thank you again Barbara!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Natalie Broome
    Natalie Broomealmost 5 years ago

    Great capture, I love the colours! :o)

  • Thank you very much Natalie! I was very excited to see this for the first time!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • JohnMWright
    JohnMWrightalmost 5 years ago

    Great detail and exposure, nice find!

  • Thank you John. Though you would laugh when you saw how I had to take the picture…lol

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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