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Red-Banded Hairstreak  - Calycopis cecrops

Red-Banded Hairstreak - Calycopis cecrops
Baiting Hollow, Suffolk County, New York, USA
June 12, 2009
Very tattered, but still able to fly. I don't know if they overwinter as adults.

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Red-Banded Hairstreak  - Calycopis cecrops Red-Banded Hairstreak  - Calycopis cecrops

These do not overwinter
as adults in New York. To my knowledge, no Lycaenids do in our area. How this particular species gets through the winter up here, (assuming it does so and does not recolonize from the south each year), is an interesting question. I see fresh individuals early enough in the spring to warrant a belief that they do get through the winter and my guess would be that it is in the chrysalis stage. Hairstreaks in the genus Satyrium get through as eggs, but these guys are not closely related.

 
red-banded hairstreak
This one is not typical of what I routinely see here. This is the first tannish one instead of gray with redder markings.

Thank you for your thoughtful comments on wintering. It is amazing how much we have left to learn about all of the creatures that live so quietly with us.

-Lynn

Every time I see a "batterfly"...
I'm reminded of my granddaughter admonishing me for brushing a few wing scales off a specimen she'd captured. These guys can really lose a lot of wing and still keep going!

 
Always listen to children!!!
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