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Gray Hairstreak, Common Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

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Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Strymon (STRY-mon) (Info)
Species: melinus

Profile:

No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Regional...

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Barling, Arkansas
Deer, Arkansas
Marion, Arkansas
Canoga Park, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Green Cove Springs, Florida
Largo, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida
Wauchula, Florida
Divernon, Illinois
Princeton, Illinois
Benton, Kentucky
Saint Louis, Missouri
Lincoln, Nebraska
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Glouster, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Gold Hill, Oregon
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Oreland, Pennsylvania
Okatie, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Edinburg, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Harker Heights, Texas
Houston, Texas
Irving, Texas
Keller, Texas
Lufkin, Texas
Mission, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (3 reports)
San Isidro, Texas
Spring, Texas
Reston, Virginia

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Member Notes:

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Neutral melody On Jul 24, 2006, melody from Benton, KY
(Zone 7a) wrote:

As pretty as this little fellow is, the caterpillar is very destructive to farm crops. Especially, beans and hops.

Wingspan of 1 1/8",this butterfly is found from southern Canada through Mexico.

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

Identification: One tail on hindwing. Upperside blue-gray with large red spot near tail. Underside of spring/fall form is dark gray, summer form is paler gray. Relatively straight postmedian line is white, bordered with orange on the inside edge.

Caterpillar hosts: Flowers and fruits from an almost endless variety of plants; most often from pea (Fabaceae) and mallow (Malvaceae) families including beans (Phaseolus), clovers (Trifolium), cotton (Gossypium), and mallow (Malva).

Adult food: Nectar from many flower species including dogbane, milkweed, mint, winter cress, goldenrod, tick trefoil, and white sweet clover.

Habitat: Open, nonforested sites; common in disturbed, weedy areas.

Range: Throughout continental United States from southern Canada south to Mexico; southward to Venezuela. Comments: The most widespread hairstreak in North America.

Males perch all afternoon on small trees and shrubs to seek receptive females. Eggs are laid singly on flowers of host plant. Young caterpillars feed on flowers and fruits; older ones may eat leaves. Chrysalids hibernate.

Caterpillars may cause economic damage to bean and cotton crops.

Wing span: 7/8 - 1 3/8 inches (2.2 - 3.5 cm).


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