Species Page: Acadian Hairstreak (Satyrium acadica)

Acadian Hairstreak

Satyrium acadica (W. H. Edwards, 1862)

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Uncommon resident

NENHP Rank: Not listed

Range: This butterfly is found in the northern half of the United States and southern Canada from the east coast west to eastern portions of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and British Columbia. In Nebraska it is widely distributed throughout the state, but has yet to be found in the southeastern counties.

Larval Hostplant(s): Willows (Salix sp).

Broods/Flight Times: One flight from mid-June to mid-July.

Overwintering: As an egg.

Habitat: The Acadian Hairstreak rarely strays far from riverbanks and channels and low road ditches where willows grow.

Avg. Wingspan: 1 1/8 – 1 1/2 inches

Found at: Victoria Springs SRA, Rowe Sanctuary, Niobrara Valley Preserve, Hackberry Creek & Gilbert-Baker SWMAs

Similar Species: Easily separated from other hairstreaks in markings and habitat.