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Red-banded Hairstreak
Calycopis cecrops
Lycaenidae

Description:
Small butterfly with a wing span up to 1 1/4 inches. The uppersides of the wings are brown, and the hindwing is blue. The undersides are gray-brown with a white postmedian line edged with red-orange. There are two tails on the hindwing.
Range:
Eastern and central United States; Bahamas.
Distribution and Abundance in Florida:
All year in South Florida.
Habitat(s):
Hammocks and hammock edges.
Reproduction:
The eggs are laid singly on the underside of fallen leaves near the host plant.
Food:
The caterpillars feed on the fallen leaves and buds of the host plants and probably detritis. Native larval host plants include the cultivated trees Chapman's oak (Quercus chapmanii), laurel oak (Quercus laurifolia), myrtle oak (Quercus myrtifolia), sand live oak (Quercus geminata) and Virginia live oak (Quercus virginiana), and the shrubs dwarf live oak (Quercus minima), running oak (Quercus pumila), wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera) and winged sumac (Rhus copallinum). Other native hosts include the trees scrub oak (Quercus inopina), turkey oak (Quercus laevis) and water oak (Quercus nigra). Native nectar plants include the cultivated tree willow-bustic (Sideroxylon salicifolium), the shrub wild-sage (Lantana involucrata), and the wildflower narrowleaf yellowtops (Flaveria linearis). Other native nectar plants include the shrub sweet acacia (Acacia farnesiana). Weedy native nectar plants include Spanish-needles (Bidens alba var. radiata). Larvae also feed on the nonnative mango (Mangifera indica) and tapioca (Manihot esculenta), and the invasive nonnative Brazilian-pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius).
Comments:
For more information, visit the Florida Museum of Natural History's Florida Wildflowers & Butterflies website, the University of Florida/IFAS Featured Creatures website, and Butterflies and Moths of North America.