Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Atlides
Species: halesus

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Vincent, Alabama
Blythe, California
Brooker, Florida
Halifax, Massachusetts
Gold Hill, Oregon
Fort Worth, Texas
Garland, Texas
Helotes, Texas
Houston, Texas
Mission, Texas
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On Aug 16, 2006, Magpye from NW Qtr, AR (Zone 6a) wrote:

Wing span: 1 1/4 - 2 inches (3.2 - 5.1 cm).

Identification: Hindwing with one short and one long tail. Abdomen is blue on top, red-orange beneath. Upperside black with wide-spread iridescent blue. Underside black with iridescent gold markings near tails.

Life history: Males perch on treetops or other tall objects in the afternoon, watching for receptive females. Caterpillars eat leaves and male flowers of the host plant. Chrysalids hibernate in crevices at base of host tree or under loose bark.

Flight: Three flights from March-December.

Caterpillar hosts: Mistletoe (Phoradendron species) growing on several tree species.

Adult food: Nectar from flowers including goldenrod, Hercules club, shepherd's needle, sweet pepp... read more

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On Jul 26, 2006, Scorpioangel from Gold Hill, OR (Zone 7a) wrote:

Identification: Hindwing with one short and one long tail. Abdomen is blue on top, red-orange beneath. Upperside black with wide-spread iridescent blue. Underside black with iridescent gold markings near tails.

Caterpillar hosts: Mistletoe (Phoradendron species) growing on several tree species.

Adult food: Nectar from flowers including goldenrod, Hercules club, shepherd's needle, sweet pepperbush, and wild plum.

Habitat: Oak woods, mesquite forests, planted walnuts in agricultural or suburban areas, and mixed woods infested with mistletoe.

Range: Guatemala north to central California, east through Texas and southern Missouri to Maryland.

Males perch on treetops or other tall objects in the afternoon, watching f... read more