White M Hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Parrhasius
Species: m-album

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Brooksville, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Berlin, Maryland
Oakland, Maryland

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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

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