We rarely see a Gray Hairstreak Butterfly (Strymon melinus) in our area, so it was surprising when we saw this one in our garden.
They are tiny, but have a distinctive orange spot making them fairly easy to recognize. The California Native Plant Society has extensive information on their website on host plants for the Gray Hairstreak Butterfly and the Butterflies and Moths of North America website has maps and photos for identification. We have been planting the garden to attract butterflies and it seems to be paying off.
Photos by Tony Fitzgerald Photography