hairstreak

noun
hair·streak | \ ˈher-ˌstrēk \

Definition of hairstreak 

: any of a subfamily (Theclinae of the family Lycaenidae) of small butterflies usually having striped markings on the underside of the wings and thin filamentous projections from the hind wings

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Last summer, the elusive white-letter hairstreak butterfly was spotted in Scotland for the first time in 133 years. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "This Butterfly Recently Returned to Scotland. Now, It’s Laying Eggs," 19 Feb. 2018 The Butterfly Conservation team has observed the white-letter hairstreak gradually spreading northwards, possibly due to warming climates. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "This Butterfly Recently Returned to Scotland. Now, It’s Laying Eggs," 19 Feb. 2018 The white-letter hairstreak, which is native to the UK, has come under severe threat in recent years. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Elusive Butterfly Spotted in Scotland For the First Time in 133 Years," 17 Aug. 2017 In 1884, a white-letter hairstreak butterfly was spotted flitting about in Scotland. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Elusive Butterfly Spotted in Scotland For the First Time in 133 Years," 17 Aug. 2017 The Fulvous hairstreak, another brown butterfly that feeds on Brazilian pepper, is now showing up north of Melbourne. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "What counting Florida butterflies can tell the world about climate change," 7 June 2017

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1815, in the meaning defined above

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