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Red-banded Hairstreak

  • Family name: Lycaenidae/Gossamer Wings
  • General description: Male dark gray; female dark gray with blue scaling toward wing bases. Ventral hindwing light gray with two short tails, a broad irregular median red band edged outwardly in white, a blue marginal patch and two black marginal spots.
  • Field Marks: small; ventral hindwing with broad median red band and short tails
  • Sexes: appear similar
  • Wingspan: 19-27 mm
  • Life Cycle: Egg: white, flattened, laid singly on dead leaves Mature larva: pinkish-brown Chrysalis: mottled brown
  • Number of Generations: multiple
  • Flight Season: All year
  • Abundance: Common
  • Habitat: old fields, woodlands, forest margins, shrubby sites, parks
  • Counties: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, De Soto, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Glades, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Holmes, Indian River, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton, Washington
  • Larval Host Plants: dead leaf litter; often in association with wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera), smooth sumac (Rhus copallina), Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius)
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  • Additional Information: Only Florida butterfly to utilize detritus as larval food

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