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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January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Somerset County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cape May County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Essex County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Camden County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Baldwin County, Alabama, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Calhoun County, Alabama, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cullman County, Alabama, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Lee County, Alabama, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Madison County, Alabama, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Montgomery County, Alabama, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Crawford County, Arkansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Faulkner County, Arkansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Independence County, Arkansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Miller County, Arkansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Washington County, Arkansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Mohave County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Mohave County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Yavapai County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Coconino County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Coconino County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Apache County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Apache County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Greenlee County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Graham County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Gila County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Pinal County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Maricopa County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter La Paz County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Yuma County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Navajo County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Alameda County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Amador County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Butte County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Calaveras County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Colusa County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Contra Costa County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter El Dorado County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Fresno County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Glenn County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Imperial County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Inyo County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Kern County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Kings County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Lake County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Lassen County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Los Angeles County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details