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Species Satyrium titus - Coral Hairstreak - Hodges#4275

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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 Satyrium
Species titus (Coral Hairstreak - Hodges#4275)
Hodges Number
4275
Size
Wingspan 2.5-3.8 cm
Identification
A medium-sized gray-brown hairstreak with no tails; a row of orange/red submarginal marks along the outer margins of under hind wings, and less prominently the front wings.

Only likely to be confused with Acadian Hairstreak (Satyrium acadicum), which can look quite similar when its hind wing tails are lost. That species is less brownish gray, has a prominent large blue "thecla spot" near the hind angle of the lower hind wing, the dark bars at the ends of the discal cell on all wings is more prominent, and it is associated closely with Willows.

Similarly patterned female Blues will typically show orange submarginal markings both above and below, will usually be whitish to gray below, will have prominent dark markings in the discal cells of the wings below, and will generally be noticeably smaller in size. Usually there will be distinct blue coloring on the upper side of the wings, or at least some evidence of blue coloring on the body and near the base of the wings.
Range
Much of North America, including northern 2/3 of continental United States and southern Canada.
Habitat
Old fields/meadows with hostplants & nectar sources.
Season
May-August (one brood). In Piedmont region of North Carolina, found mostly in June.
Food
Larvae feed on Plum and Cherry (Prunus species; family Rosaceae), primarily on native shrubby species.
Adults take nectar from many sources. They are particularly fond of Butterfly Weed--Asclepias tuberosa.
Print References
Glassberg (1)
Brock (2)
Scott (3)
Works Cited
1.Butterflies Through Binoculars: The East
Jeffrey Glassberg. 1999. Oxford University Press.
2.Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides)
Jim P. Brock, Kenn Kaufman. 2003. Houghton Mifflin Co.
3.The Butterflies of North America: A Natural History and Field Guide
James A. Scott. 1992. Stanford University Press.