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Species Phaeostrymon alcestis - Soapberry Hairstreak - Hodges#4274

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Lycaenidae (Blues, Coppers, Hairstreaks, Harvesters)
Subfamily Theclinae (Hairstreaks)
Tribe Eumaeini
Genus Phaeostrymon (Soapberry Hairstreak)
Species alcestis (Soapberry Hairstreak - Hodges#4274)
Hodges Number
4274
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Thecla alcestis W. H. Edwards, 1871. Type locality: Dallas, Texas
Phaeostrymon alcestis (W. H. Edwards, 1871) Clench, 1961
Thecla osleri Dyar, 1904. Type species: Tucson, Arizona
Phaeostrymon alcestis oslari (Dyar)
Identification
Predominantly gray in color (females are brownish above), with tails. Very similar (in appearance and behavior) to some Satyrium species, but on underside white bar at end of discal cell is distinct on all four wings (often dark edged), and dark-edged white postmedian stripes are narrow and nearly continuous on all four wings. Rarely found far from larval host.
Range
sc US, AZ (s. Kansas to Mexico) - MPG
Habitat
Associated strictly with larval host plants, and usually in open sunny areas. Adults perch on the branches of the trees, and males are pugnacious and somewhat territorial.
Food
Larval host - Western Soapberry (Sapindus saponaria var. drummondii). Adults are avid flower visitors, often nectoring on the larval host plants, but also favoring a variety of other species, especially Milkweeds or Dogbanes (family Apocynaceae), if available.
Life Cycle
Overwinters as eggs laid on twigs, hatch and mature in spring. Adults mostly May to July, varying somewhat based on the latitude, elevation, and weather.
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