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Red-banded Hairstreak

Calycopis cecrops


Hairstreak butterfly with two tails on the hindwing. Upperside brown, hindwing blue. Underside gray-brown with white postmedian line edged with red-orange. Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 1/4 inches (2.2 - 3.2 cm).


This one was photographed feeding on lantana in a cultivated butterfly garden at the Silver Bluff Audubon Center near Jackson (Aiken County), SC.


Caterpillar Hosts: Fallen leaves of wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera), dwarf sumac (Rhus copallina), staghorn sumac (R. typhina), and several oaks. Adult Food: Flower nectar from yarrow, wild cherry, tickseed sunflower, sumac, sweet pepperbush, New Jersey tea, common milkweed, and dogbane.

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South Carolina, USA

Spotted on Aug 30, 2014
Submitted on Dec 26, 2014

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