Amethyst Hairstreak (Chlorostrymon maesites)

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

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

Wing span: 7/8 - 1 inch (2.2 - 2.5 cm).

Identification: Upper surface of male iridescent deep blue-purple; female dull gray-blue. Lower surface has thin postmedian line on yellow-green background.

Life history: Males perch in tree foliage 6-10 feet above ground.

Flight: Two or three flights in Florida from December-July.

Caterpillar hosts: Unknown in wild; caterpillars have fed on flower buds of Albizia lebbeck (Fabaceae) in the lab.

Adult food: In Florida, nectar from flowers of ape's earring, Brazilian pepper, Guamachil, and shepherd's needle.

Habitat: Subtropical evergreen or semideciduous woods and hammocks.

Range: Southeastern Florida peninsula and Keys; larger Caribbean Islands.