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Red banded hairstreak

Calycopis cecrops

Description:

The Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops) is a butterfly native to the southeastern United States. It feeds on fallen leaves of sumac species and other trees. Its size ranges from 0.9–1.25 inches.

Habitat:

It lives near coastal areas and edges.

Notes:

She moved the filaments at the end of the wings like a little fan-like thingy. (the pics are not very good but it gives an idea of how the butterfly looks like.)

1 Species ID Suggestions

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago
Red banded hairstreak
Calycopis cecrops Red-banded Hairstreak


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4 Comments

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

And what it does on the back of her wings is so weird.it is like a luring mechanism to distract predators, I imagine?

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

You are welcome Marta! We get them round here in Tennessee too - such a pretty little butterfly!

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

I have added two other pics. They are not very good but at least it shows how the butterfly looks from above and the colors.

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Many thanks, Karen!

The MnMs
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The MnMs

Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico

Spotted on Sep 23, 2011
Submitted on Sep 23, 2011

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