Red-banded Hairstreak

Calycopis cecrops (Fabricius, 1793)

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Rare stray or extirpated resident

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: This butterfly is found in the southeastern quarter of the United States, as far north as southern portions of New York, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and much of Missouri. In Nebraska it is reported from Nemaha and Otoe Counties

Broods/Flight Times: Ely (1986) reports it is probably double brooded in Kansas and has been found there from 4 May – 25 August.

Larval Hostplant(s): Aromatic and Dwarf Sumac (Rhus aromatica and Rcopallina) are reported hostplants, but it is also reported to feed on detritus on the forest floor.

Habitat: It prefers open forest and brushy fields in the Ozarks.

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Overwintering: Caterpillars and pupae are both listed in references.

Similar Species:


Red-banded Hairstreak, Johnny N. Dell, Bugwood.org
Red-banded Hairstreak – dorsal
Red-banded Hairstreak – ventral

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