Banded Hairstreak Butterfly Picture

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Banded Hairstreak (Satyrium calanus)

The Banded Hairstreak is a small butterfly that is fascinating to watch as it is perched on low branches or shrubs. It is a fun challenge following them because they have an erratic flight pattern.

The Banded Hairstreak is chestnut brown with a beautiful blue patch on the hindwing surrounded by a black and red pattern. The hindwings have two tail-like extensions that are common among Gossamer Wing butterflies.

These butterflies are a pleasant visitor to any landscaping.

Family: Gossamer Wing (Lycaenidae)

Subfamily: Hairstreak (Theclinae)

Average Wingspan: 1" - 1 1/2"

Habitat: Woodland areas, forest edges

Plants That Attract This Butterfly

* May not be available for purchase at your local nursery.

Note: Always check a plant's Hardiness Zone to make sure it will grow in your area. (What Is My Hardiness Zone?)

Where To Buy Plants

Butterfly Flight Range Map

Banded Hairstreak Flight Range Map

Photo Credits:
Closed wing - Fred Miller

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