This uncommon species of hairstreak can easily be overlooked. It is small and predominately dull brown in color until you look closer. Then you see the marginal row of bright orange patches, edged with thin black lines and white caps. There is also a band of white circled black spots on the hindwing. Unlike other hairstreaks this species lacks tails. Your best chances of seeing coral hairstreaks at the BFEC are when butterfly weed (Asclepias tubrosa) is flowering in June or July. The bright orange flowers of this plant, which grows in both the prairie and butterfly garden is highly attractive to coral hairstreaks.