A complete row of coral-colored spots on the underside of the hindwings are a hallmark feature for identifying this butterfly. Other Hairstreaks have coral in the same area, but this species’ spots do not connect and are bold and bright. Smaller black flecks are also on this side of the wings, but there is little else marking the wings. Even the top sides are plain, save for a faint peek of orange bleeding through from the spots underneath. Antennae have black and white banding on them.
Adults are often seen with wings up, which is advantageous to those trying to figure out what they are. The caterpillar feeds on wild plum, wild cherry, and chokecherry trees. Adults take nectar from various types of flowers including those on dogbane and butterflyweed. This species has a large range in the U.S. and has presence in the southern provinces of Canada. Look for adults in wooded areas, scrub, chaparral, and bushland.
General Characteristics Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns.
Territorial Map U.S., Canada, and Mexico
Prince Edward Is.
Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used for sensing.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.