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Banded Hairstreak Satyrium calanus


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Banded Hairstreak
credit: Megan McCarty/CCSA

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Family: Lycaenidae, Gossamer-wing Butterflies view all from this family

Description The Banded Hairstreak is a common hairstreak east of the Rocky Mountains in North America. It is a territorial butterfly that will challenge other butterflies invading its territory.

Eggs are laid singly on the host plants and hatch in the spring. Host plants include black oak and hickory. There is a single brood which flies early June to late August.

Dimensions 1-1 1/4" (25-32 mm).

Habitat Forests & woodlands, Canyons & caves, Meadows & fields, Cities, suburbs & towns, Scrub, shrub & brushlands.

Range Mid-Atlantic, Western Canada, New England, Southeast, Rocky Mountains, Great Lakes, Florida, Plains, Southwest, Texas.