Banded Hairstreak

Satyrium calanus (Huber [1809])

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Uncommon resident

NENHP Ranking: S2S3, Tier 2

Range: The Banded Hairstreak is found in the eastern half of the United States and southern Canada and in the Rocky Mountains from southern Wyoming into New Mexico and eastern Utah. In Nebraska it ahs been found in the eastern half of the state, following the Niobrara and Republican River valleys west as far as Cherry and Furnas Counties.

Broods/Flight Times: One flight in late June through early July

Larval Hostplant(s): Oaks

Habitat: Oak woodland margins, often east facing

Found at: Niobrara Valley Preserve, Scotia Chalk Mine, Fontenelle Forest, Indian Cave State Park, Prairie Knoll SWMA

Overwintering: As an egg

Similar Species: Striped Hairstreak

Notes: Males often perch on oak branches and pursue passing butterflies. Beating branches can be productive

Banded Hairstreak, Niobrara Valley Preserve, Photo by Jonathan Nikkila
Banded Hairstreak – male, dorsal
Banded Hairstreak – ventral

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