Banded Hairstreak

  • Family name: Lycaenidae/Gossamer Wings
  • General description: wings unmarked dark gray-brown; male with dark forewing stigma. Ventral hindwing brown with short tail, dark postmedian band edged outwardly in white, and large blue patch not capped in red.
  • Field Marks: small; hindwing tail; hindwing with postmedian line edged outwardly in white; hindwing blue patch without red cap
  • Sexes: Appear similar
  • Wingspan: 25-33 mm
  • Life Cycle: Egg: pinkish-tan, flattened, laid singly on host twigs Mature larva: variable; whitish, green, or brown Chrysalis: mottled brown
  • Number of Generations: one per year
  • Flight Season: March-May
  • Abundance: Common
  • Habitat: parks, forest margins and clearings, woodlands, roadsides
  • Counties: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Calhoun, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Holmes, Indian River, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Marion, Nassau, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton, Washington
  • Larval Host Plants: Oaks (Quercus spp.), walnuts (Juglans spp.)
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  • Additional Information: Eggs overwinter. Range is limited in New Mexico.

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