Coral Hairstreak

Satyrium titus (Fabricius, 1793)

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Uncommon resident

NENHP Ranking: S3, Tier 2

Range: The Coral Hairstreak occupies most of the United States and southern Canada, having been found in every state except Louisiana. In Nebraska it is widely distributed, but more common in the east and is as yet unrecorded from the southwest corner and a large portion of the sand hills.

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

Larval Hostplant(s): Prunus species, most often wild plum, sand cherry and choke cherry (P. americana, P. besseyi, and P. virginiana)

Habitat: Satyrium titus has been found in pastures, road ditches, wetlands, flood plains and dry river channels.

Found at: Niobrara Valley Preserve, Harlan County Reservoir

Overwintering: In the egg stage

Similar Species: Dione Copper

Notes: Adults avidly nectar on milkweeds. They are most often found in small numbers, often in close proximity to their host plants. Checking milkweeds growing next to chokecherries in road ditches is often productive.

Coral Hairstreak, , Photo by
Coral Hairstreak – dorsal
Coral Hairstreak – side view

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