Attributes of Atlides halesus

Great Purple Hairstreak
Atlides halesus (Cramer, 1777)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: Hindwing with one short and one long tail. Abdomen is blue on top, red-orange beneath. Upperside black with wide-spread iridescent blue. Underside black with iridescent gold markings near tails.
Wing Span: 1 1/4 - 2 inches (3.2 - 5.1 cm).
Life History: Males perch on treetops or other tall objects in the afternoon, watching for receptive females. Caterpillars eat leaves and male flowers of the host plant. Chrysalids hibernate in crevices at base of host tree or under loose bark.
Flight: Three flights from March-December.
Caterpillar Hosts: Mistletoe (Phoradendron species) growing on several tree species.
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including goldenrod, Hercules club, shepherd's needle, sweet pepperbush, and wild plum.
Habitat: Oak woods, mesquite forests, planted walnuts in agricultural or suburban areas, and mixed woods infested with mistletoe.
Range: Guatemala north to central California, east through Texas and southern Missouri to Maryland.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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September 25, 2016 blazingsaddles Mohave County, Arizona, United States September 26, 2016 Details
September 09, 2016 vldeloach Cherokee County, Georgia, United States September 24, 2016 Details
December 11, 2015 geraldswegner Indian River County, Florida, United States September 23, 2016 Details
August 26, 2016 CGBGgardenguru Chatham County, Georgia, United States September 20, 2016 Details
August 07, 2016 MAKI Mariposa County, California, United States September 04, 2016 Details
August 24, 2016 CA Ivy Muskogee County, Oklahoma, United States August 24, 2016 Details
July 14, 2016 cassiegang@live.com Texas, Mitchell County, United States July 16, 2016 Details
May 28, 2016 aaronross Franklin County, Tennessee, United States June 26, 2016 Details
June 19, 2016 diwalks2 San Bernardino County, California, United States June 22, 2016 Details
May 10, 2016 ncrosbyrd Chatham County, Georgia, United States June 12, 2016 Details
November 09, 2015 Clara4 Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States April 21, 2016 Details
April 05, 2016 MAKI Ventura County, California, United States April 07, 2016 Details
March 22, 2016 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States March 29, 2016 Details
March 22, 2016 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States March 25, 2016 Details
September 07, 2009 M. Moore Collin County, Texas, United States March 03, 2016 Details
March 03, 2016 gpstewart Burnet County, Texas, United States March 03, 2016 Details
November 21, 2015 diwalks2 San Diego County, California, United States November 24, 2015 Details
October 22, 2015 ktnbcn Vernon Parish, Louisiana, United States October 23, 2015 Details
September 11, 2015 vldeloach Cherokee County, Georgia, United States October 15, 2015 Details
October 07, 2015 MAKI Ventura County, California, United States October 12, 2015 Details
October 05, 2015 diwalks2 Orange County, California, United States October 07, 2015 Details
September 24, 2015 naturecoastnaturalist Citrus County, Florida, United States September 29, 2015 Details
September 28, 2015 gpstewart Texas, United States, Williamson County September 29, 2015 Details
September 17, 2015 diwalks2 Orange County, California, United States September 17, 2015 Details
August 22, 2015 scout97432 Douglas County, Oregon, United States August 27, 2015 Details
April 29, 2015 gpstewart Texas, Travis County, United States August 23, 2015 Details
May 05, 2015 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States June 22, 2015 Details
May 04, 2015 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States June 22, 2015 Details
June 03, 2015 Barb Selvage Hays County, Texas, United States June 03, 2015 Details
May 14, 2015 KKB530 Texas, Tarrant County, United States May 14, 2015 Details
April 27, 2015 Kayaksailor El Dorado County, California, United States April 30, 2015 Details
March 30, 2015 unpopeular Orange County, Florida, United States April 22, 2015 Details
April 15, 2015 tjdunkerton Seminole County, Florida, United States April 22, 2015 Details
March 19, 2015 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States March 19, 2015 Details
October 19, 2014 Christinalea Texas, Travis County, United States February 23, 2015 Details
February 12, 2015 suedavies28 Orange County, Florida, United States February 13, 2015 Details
January 06, 2015 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States January 08, 2015 Details
November 09, 2014 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States January 08, 2015 Details
December 21, 2014 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States December 22, 2014 Details
November 09, 2014 diwalks2 San Diego County, California, United States December 22, 2014 Details
September 14, 2014 dmparis1 Hall County, Georgia, United States December 16, 2014 Details
September 20, 2014 kbeza31979 Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States December 14, 2014 Details
November 08, 2013 Tommie Rogers Hidalgo County, Texas, United States November 26, 2014 Details
November 08, 2008 Shirley Wilkerson Comanche County, Texas, United States September 29, 2014 Details
September 05, 2014 Doug Bruce Wayne County, Tennessee, United States September 14, 2014 Details
September 07, 2014 Raul Delgado Texas, United States, Webb County September 08, 2014 Details
August 30, 2014 Ken Cheeks Aiken County, South Carolina, United States August 30, 2014 Details
August 08, 2014 Joleen Placer County, California, United States August 09, 2014 Details
June 13, 2014 bjones7777 Jackson County, Alabama, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 14, 2014 melina staal Mariposa County, California, United States July 14, 2014 Details