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  • Red-Banded Hairstreak Butterfly - (Calycopis cecrops)

    Red-Banded Hairstreak Butterfly - (Calycopis cecrops)

    A reddish-orange line of color on a dull gray-brown wing lent itself nicely to finding a common name for the Red-Banded Hairstreak.

    Picture of Red-Banded Hairstreak Butterfly
    Staff Writer (1/31/2017): Red-Banded Hairstreaks are fast in flight and tend to stay lower to the ground than other butterflies. When resting with wings up, the bright swish of red-orange on their wings is highlighted by the same coloring on the edge of the wing by the head. A splash of bright blue near the rear of the butterfly can also catch your eye.

    Males perch on branches, looking for potential mates and guarding their territory from encroachment by other insects. Females lay fertilized eggs on the leaf litter of host plants. Caterpillars eat the dead and fallen leaves off of plants like sumac, oak, and wax myrtle as well as other detritus on the forest floor. They look more like brown slugs than typical, tubular caterpillars. Two to four generations a year are common across its range. Adults drink nectar from milkweed, dogbane, yarrow and sumac blossoms.

    They can be found in coastal areas, sandy forests, woodland edges and fields.

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    Red-Banded Hairstreak Butterfly

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Red-Banded Hairstreak Butterfly
    Scientific Name: Calycopis cecrops

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Lycaenidae
           Genus: Calycopis
            Species: cecrops

    Size (Adult, Length): 24mm to 35mm (0.94in to 1.38in)

    Identifying Colors: brown, red, orange, white, blue

    Additional Descriptors: flying, line, band, curve

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; West Virginia; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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