Satyrium titus

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Coral hairstreak
Coral Hairstreak Megan McCarty25.jpg
Nectaring on butterfly weed
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Satyrium
Species: S. titus
Binomial name
Satyrium titus
(Fabricius, 1793)
Satyrium titus range map.JPG

Satyrium titus, the coral hairstreak, is a North American butterfly in the family Lycaenidae.

Description[edit]

This tailless hairstreak is brownish gray on the upper side of the wings. The underside of the hindwing has a distinct row of red-orange spots along the outer margin, but lacks the blue spot found in most hairstreaks.

Habitat[edit]

This butterfly favors brushy places, thickets, overgrown fields, open woodlands, and streamsides.

Nectar plants[edit]

The coral hairstreak is frequently seen visiting butterfly weed, but also uses New Jersey tea, dogbane and sulphur flower as nectar plants.

Host plants[edit]

Caterpillars have often been reported on feeding on the fruits of wild plums and cherries (Prunus), and have also been observed on serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia) and oaks (Quercus).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Layberry, Ross; Hall, Peter; Lafontaine, Peter (2010). "Coral Hairstreak". Butterflies of Canada. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  • Jim P. Brock, Kenn Kaufman (2003). Butterflies of North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-618-15312-8.

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