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Red-Banded Hairstreak, Red Banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)

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

Profile:

2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Regional...

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Marion, Arkansas
Brooker, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Dallas, Georgia
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Oakland, Maryland
Pasadena, Maryland
Greensboro, North Carolina
Kure Beach, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Stilwell, Oklahoma
Manning, South Carolina
Houston, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas
Onley, Virginia

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Member Notes:

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Neutral Magpye On Aug 16, 2006, Magpye from NW Qtr, AR
(Zone 6a) wrote:

Wing span: 7/8 - 1 1/4 inches (2.2 - 3.2 cm).

Identification: Two tails on the hindwing. Upperside brown, hindwing blue. Underside gray-brown with white postmedian line edged with red-orange.

Life history: Males perch on shrubs and low trees to watch for females. Females lay eggs singly on underside of fallen leaves near the host plant. Caterpillars feed on leaves and buds and probably detritus. Chrysalids and fourth-stage caterpillars hibernate.

Flight: All year in Florida, two broods northward from April-October.

Caterpillar hosts: Fallen leaves of wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera), dwarf sumac (Rhus copallina), staghorn sumac (R. typhina), and several oaks.

Adult food: Flower nectar from yarrow, wild cherry, tickseed sunflower, sumac, sweet pepperbush, New Jersey tea, common milkweed, and dogbane.

Habitat: Coastal hammocks, overgrown fields, forest edges.

Range: Southeastern United States from Long Island south through Florida, west through entire area to southeast Kansas, eastern Oklahoma, and eastern Texas. Strays to eastern Nebraska, northern Illinois, and Michigan.

Positive buyabutterfly On Oct 31, 2009, buyabutterfly from Brooker, FL wrote:

Red Banded Hairstreaks often eat dead leaves of wax myrtle.

Positive henryr10 On Sep 24, 2011, henryr10 from Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b) wrote:

Add Stonecrop style Sedum to the nectaring list.


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