gray hairstreak

(Strymon melinus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

gray hairstreak

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Uncommon

Flight/Season

Late May to mid-September

Habitat

Open sites, especially disturbed sites

Size

Total Length:

Wingspan: 1 to 1½

 

Identification

 

 
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Species

 


Larval Food

Flowers and fruits, especially plants of the pea (Fabaceae) and mallow (Malvaceae) families.

 
Adult Food

Nectar of blazing star, clovers, coneflower, dogbane, goldenrod, milkweed, mint, sweet clover, thistle, tick trefoil, vetch, and winter cress.

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

 


Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 7, 20, 21, 29, 71.

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Taxonomy

Order:

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)

 

Suborder:

Glossata

 

Infraorder:

Neolepidoptera

 

Parvorder:

Heteroneura

 

No Rank:

Ditrysia

 

No Rank:

Obtectomera

 

Superfamily:

Papilionoidea (butterflies [excluding skippers])

 

Family:

Lycaenidae (gossamer-wings)

 

Subfamily:

Theclinae (hairstreak butterflies)

 

Tribe:

Eumaeini

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

cotton square borer (larva)

gray hairstreak


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Uploaded on Apr 20, 2010

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

* Family: Lycaenidae,
* Genus: Strymon,
* Species: S. melinus,
* Class: Insecta,
* Order: Lepidoptera,
* Type: insect,
* Diet: no data,
* Average life span in the wild: 6 to 20 days,
* Wing span: 7/8 - 1 3/8 inches (2.2 - 3.5 cm).

** The Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus), is one of the most common hairstreaks in North America, ranging over nearly the entire continent.

More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Hairstreak
or http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species?l=1553

 
     
  Gray Hairstreak - September 7, 2013
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Published on Sep 11, 2013

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus), Mass Audubon Allens Pond, Westport, Massachusetts, Saturday morning, September 7, 2013, 11:06 AM - Canon PowerShot SX50 HS MVI_45532

 
     
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Gray hairstreak butterfly(Stryman melinus) on a rabbitbrush(Chrysothamnus nauseosus) at Las Pilitas Nursery

 
     
  Gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus), 8/26/11, MD
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Published on Mar 9, 2012

Gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus), 8/26/11, MD

http://www.geochembio.com/guides/butterflies-and-moths/gray-hairstreak-butterfly.html

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  Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) Butterfly
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Published on Nov 20, 2013

A Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) riding a vetch flower on a windy day. The Gray Hairstreak is one of the most common hairstreak species in North America and its range extends into Central America and northern part of South America.

Tags: Gossamer-wing Butterflies, gossamer-winged butterflies, gossamer-winged butterfly, Gossamer-wing Butterfly, Canada butterflies, BC butterflies, British Columbia butterflies, Lycaenidae family

 
     

 

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