White-M Hairstreak

Parrhasius m-album (Boisduval & Le Conte [1833]) (1793)

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Rare stray/resident?

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: The eastern United States, generally south of the 40th parallel, west into Iowa, Missouri and east Texas

Broods/Flight Times: Heitzman (1987) reports four flights in Missouri from April through September. Our two records are from August.

Larval Hostplant(s): Oaks (Quercus sp.)

Habitat: Oak woodland openings and borders

Found at: Fontenelle Forest

Overwintering: Unknown

Similar Species: Gray Hairstreak

Notes: Both Nebraska records for this butterfly are from Fontenelle Forest, one in 2012 and the other in 2020. As both records are from the same site one must wonder if there is a small breeding population there. Otherwise what are the chances a rare stray might turn up at the same location (and only there) twice?

Common Name, Location, Photographer
White-M Hairstreak – dorsal
White-M Hairstreak – ventral

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