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Oak Hairstreak Satyrium favonius


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Oak Hairstreak
credit: Jim Conrad

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

Description The Oak Hairstreak or Southern Hairstreak (Satyrium favonius) is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found from southern New England and the Atlantic Coast south to peninsular Florida and west to central Illinois, south-eastern Colorado and the Gulf Coast.

The wingspan is 22-38 mm. There are two tails on each hindwing. The underside of the Hindwings is grey brown. Adults are on wing from March to June in one generation per year. They feed on flower nectar.

The larvae feed on the leaves, buds and male catkins of Quercus species. The species overwinters as an egg.

Dimensions The wingspan is 22-38 mm.

Habitat Forests & woodlands, Meadows & fields, Scrub, shrub & brushlands.

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