Satyrium calanus

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Banded hairstreak
Banded Hairstreak, Megan McCarty120.jpg
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
S. calanus
Binomial name
Satyrium calanus
(Hübner, [1809])[1]

Four, see text

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  • Rusticus calanus Hübner, [1809]
  • Thecla calanus Dyar, 1903

Satyrium calanus, the banded hairstreak, is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae.

Appearance, behavior, and distribution[edit]

The banded hairstreak is a common hairstreak east of the Rocky Mountains in North America. It is a territorial butterfly that will challenge other butterflies invading its territory.

S. c. falacer on common milkweed, Ontario, Canada


Listed alphabetically:[1]

  • S. c. albidus Scott, 1981
  • S. c. calanus
  • S. c. falacer (Godart, [1824])
  • S. c. godarti (Field, 1938)

Life cycle[edit]

Eggs are laid singly on the host plants and hatch in the spring. There is a single brood that flies early June to late August.[2]

Host plants[edit]

Host plants include oak, hickory, and walnut (especially butternut).[3]

Similar species[edit]


  1. ^ a b Satyrium calanus at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ Nielsen, Mogens C. (1999). "Harvesters, Coppers, Hairstreaks, Blues". Michigan Butterflies & Skippers A Field Guide and Reference. Michigan State University Extension. p. 73. ISBN 1-56525-012-5.
  3. ^ Hall, Peter W.; Jones, Colin D.; Guidotti, Antonia; Hubley, Brad (2014). The ROM Field Guide to the Butterflies of Ontario. Toronto, Canada: Royal Ontario Museum. pp. 172–173. ISBN 978-0-88854-497-1.

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