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Great Purple Hairstreak

Atlides halesus


Hairstreak butterfly that has a hindwing with one short and one long tail. Abdomen is blue on top, red-orange beneath. Upperside black with wide-spread iridescent blue. Underside black with iridescent gold markings near tails. Wing Span: 1 1/4 - 2 inches (3.2 - 5.1 cm).


This one was feeding on lantana at the Silver Bluff Audubon Center near Jackson (Aiken County), SC.


Caterpillar Hosts: Mistletoe (Phoradendron species) growing on several tree species. Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including goldenrod, Hercules club, shepherd's needle, sweet pepperbush, and wild plum. This spotting is a BAMONA record for the species for Aiken County, SC.

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South Carolina, USA

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

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