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
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.