gray hairstreak

(Strymon melinus)

Conservation Status
gray hairstreak
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Total Length:

Wingspan: 1 to 1½

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Open sites, especially disturbed sites

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

Late May to mid-September

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Larva Hosts

 
 

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.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 20, 21, 29, 71.

 
  7/6/2015      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Uncommon

 
         
 
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  
 

Genus

Strymon  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

cotton square borer (larva)

gray hairstreak

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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  Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
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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
Don Gagnon
 
   
 
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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

 
  Gray hairstreak
laspilitas
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Oct 21, 2008

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

 
  Gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus), 8/26/11, MD
metapathogen
 
   
 
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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
Wandering Sole TV
 
   
 
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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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