Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)
The Red-banded Hairstreak is a species of medium-size butterflies known for their uncomplicated, simple coloration, and are found in selected regions in the United States. In some parts, they are seen around the year within their range, while in the others, between April and October.
Description and Identification
The mature larva has a dull gray-brown color with a thin olive green line running across the middle of the body. The body is segmented, with each segment bearing a faint, dark dot on both the ends.
The chrysalis is light brown with dark irregular spots all over. The upper part tends to be thinner than the thick and segmented lower part.
Sexual Dimorphism: Not present
Color and Appearance: When the wings are open, the upperside displays a light brown coloration while the hindwings gradually turn blue. When the wings are closed, the underside exhibits a grayish brown hue with a white postmedian line on each of the wings edged with bright reddish orange. They also have two tail-like growths on the hindwings.
Average wingspan: 0.9–1.25 inches (23–32 mm)
Flight pattern: Fast, yet erratic
Laid singly on the backside of fallen leaves, close to the host plants
|Distribution||Southeastern United States|
|Habitat||Forest edges, densely-vegetated fields, coastal hammocks|
|Lifespan of adults||Unknown|
|Host plants||Prefers fallen leaves of sumac species, but also other trees|
|Adult diet||Flower nectar|
Did You Know?
- The caterpillar of the species is often confused for brown slugs.