Species Page: Edwards’ Hairstreak (Satyrium edwardsii)

Edwards’ Hairstreak

Satyrium edwardsii (Grote & Robinson, 1867)

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Rare resident – likely extirpated.


Range: Range: This species inhabits roughly the northeastern quarter of the United States, ranging west to the eastern portions of the Dakotas, Nebraska, and Kansas and south into Missouri. Eastern Nebraska (where there are three counties reported) lies on the extreme western edge of this species range. A Cherry County record is the lone exception

Larval Hostplant(s): Oaks, of which Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa) is the only widespread Oak in the state.

Broods/Flight Times: Broods/Flight Times: One mid summer flight. Marrone (2002) reports it to fly from July 5-13 in South Dakota, Heitzman (1987) reports it from June and July in Missouri, and Leussler (1938) reports it in July in Omaha.

Overwintering: As an egg.

Habitat: Openings and edges of oak woodlands.

Avg. Wingspan: 1 1/8 – 1 1/2 inches

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Similar Species: Banded Hairstreak