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 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
March 22, 2014 Lois Stacey Burke County, Georgia, United States April 21, 2014 Details
April 16, 2014 Wallwiz Lake County, Florida, United States April 21, 2014 Details
July 01, 2013 Tahoe Butterflies El Dorado County, California, United States April 11, 2014 Details
March 22, 2014 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States March 27, 2014 Details
March 24, 2014 Greylan Collin County, Texas, United States March 27, 2014 Details
July 22, 2012 pbedell Sussex County, Virginia, United States March 16, 2014 Details
March 15, 2014 Doug Bruce Meigs County, Tennessee, United States March 15, 2014 Details
February 19, 2014 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States February 25, 2014 Details
September 14, 2013 vldeloach Cherokee County, Georgia, United States February 14, 2014 Details
February 09, 2014 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States February 14, 2014 Details
July 25, 2012 Hester.Burch St Marys County, Maryland, United States January 31, 2014 Details
June 20, 2013 richardhsmith (Patty Craig) St Marys County, Maryland, United States January 21, 2014 Details
July 21, 2013 richardhsmith (Patty Craig) St Marys County, Maryland, United States January 21, 2014 Details
July 28, 2012 richardhsmith (Lynn Davidson, Hal Wierenga, Sue Ricciardi) Wicomico County, Maryland, United States January 21, 2014 Details
January 06, 2014 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States January 07, 2014 Details
October 19, 2010 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States December 11, 2013 Details
February 06, 2012 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States December 05, 2013 Details
September 29, 2013 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States December 03, 2013 Details
December 03, 2013 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States December 03, 2013 Details
November 24, 2013 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States November 26, 2013 Details
December 19, 2012 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States November 22, 2013 Details
October 28, 2013 BOGwalker Columbia County, Florida, United States November 20, 2013 Details
January 24, 2013 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States November 01, 2013 Details
November 04, 2012 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States October 28, 2013 Details
August 24, 2013 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States October 28, 2013 Details
December 19, 2012 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States October 25, 2013 Details
October 20, 2013 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States October 21, 2013 Details
July 26, 2013 Alicia Jackson Tyrrell County, North Carolina, United States October 18, 2013 Details
September 05, 2002 giardini57 Elbert County, Georgia, United States September 17, 2013 Details
September 08, 2013 dechaffee Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States September 09, 2013 Details
August 11, 2013 davmcnaugh Caroline County, Maryland, United States August 14, 2013 Details
August 06, 2013 Epetersonpt Florida, United States August 11, 2013 Details
May 27, 2008 Annika Lindqvist Dallas County, Texas, United States July 07, 2013 Details
June 30, 2013 Christine.Rogers Sacramento County, California, United States July 01, 2013 Details
April 28, 2013 Pawparrazzi Hernando County, Florida, United States May 09, 2013 Details
April 03, 2013 MAKI Ventura County, California, United States May 02, 2013 Details
April 20, 2013 KimL Tulsa County, Oklahoma, United States April 20, 2013 Details
March 31, 2013 Kari Maricopa County, Arizona, United States April 15, 2013 Details
March 29, 2013 Rhinorse Creek County, Oklahoma, United States April 06, 2013 Details
March 17, 2013 philohela Clark County, Nevada, United States March 24, 2013 Details
March 16, 2013 Laurie Sheppard Grayson County, Texas, United States March 18, 2013 Details
March 08, 1971 stomlins701 Bexar County, Texas, United States March 14, 2013 Details
March 08, 1971 stomlins701 Bexar County, Texas, United States March 14, 2013 Details
March 02, 2013 ccarey Hood County, Texas, United States March 12, 2013 Details