On Aug 16, 2006, Magpye from NW Qtr, AR (Zone 6a) wrote:
Wing span: 1 1/4 - 1 5/8 inches (3.2 -4.1 cm).
Identification: Tailed. Upperside iridescent blue with black borders. Underside grayish brown; white postmedian line edged with black and forming a white M (or W) near tail; white spot near base of costa.
Life history: Not reported.
Flight: Three broods in the north, four in Florida, from February-October.
Caterpillar hosts: Live oak (Quercus virginiana) and other oak species.
Adult food: Nectar from a variety of flowers including viburnum, sumac, sourwood, wild plum, poinsettia, sweet pepperbush, common milkweed, lantana, dogwood, and goldenrod.
Habitat: Woods with broadleaf trees.
Range: Connecticut west to southeast Iowa and Missouri, so... read more