Attributes of Hypaurotis crysalus

Colorado Hairstreak
Hypaurotis crysalus (W.H. Edwards, 1873)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: Hindwing has slender tail. Upperside dark purple with wide dark border and orange spots at lower outer edge of each wing.
Wing Span: 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 inches (3.2 - 3.8 cm).
Life History: Adults rest in Gambel oaks, and males patrol there for receptive females. Eggs are laid singly on twigs of the host tree, then hibernate. Caterpillars eat young leaves in spring.
Flight: One flight from June-August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Leaves of oaks, particularly Gambel oak (Quercus gambelii) in the beech family (Fagaceae).
Adult Food: Tree sap, raindrops, probably honeydew from aphids and other insects.
Habitat: Oak scrub and oak woodlands.
Range: Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico; north into southern Wyoming, west into eastern Nevada. Comments: The official State Butterfly of Colorado.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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August 07, 2016 allelopath Santa Fe County, New Mexico, United States September 01, 2016 Details
July 20, 2015 Doug Taron Graham County, Arizona, United States July 20, 2015 Details
October 27, 2013 klgraves Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States October 30, 2013 Details
June 22, 1988 legacy.reporter (Paul M. Thompson) Coconino County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 03, 1981 legacy.reporter (Brock & Smith) Apache County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 03, 1981 legacy.reporter (Brock & Smith) Greenlee County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 05, 1981 legacy.reporter (Brock & Smith) Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 02, 1983 legacy.reporter (D. Parkinson) Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 23, 1987 legacy.reporter (Clifford D. Ferris) Graham County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 22, 1992 kellyrichers (Kelly Richers) Mohave County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 03, 1995 legacy.reporter (Michael Smith) Pinal County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 02, 2012 Niayre Bernalillo County, New Mexico, United States July 22, 2012 Details
July 22, 1979 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Lincoln County, Nevada, United States January 01, 2012 Details
July 29, 1979 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Lincoln County, Nevada, United States January 01, 2012 Details
August 07, 1975 legacy.reporter (Floyd Preston) Graham County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2012 Details
September 16, 1977 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Cochise County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2012 Details
October 18, 2010 RaisingButterflies.org Salt Lake County, Utah, United States November 26, 2011 Details
March 11, 2008 RaisingButterflies.org Davis County, Utah, United States November 26, 2011 Details
September 01, 2011 Joe Schelling--entered by M ODonnell Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States September 26, 2011 Details
September 01, 2011 Joe Schelling--entered by M ODonnell Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States September 26, 2011 Details
July 04, 1984 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Coconino County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
July 05, 1984 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Coconino County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
October 06, 2000 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Cochise County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
July 07, 1993 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Coconino County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
August 20, 1997 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Coconino County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
November 23, 2006 Gary Jue (Gary Jue) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States August 03, 2010 Details
June 29, 2010 Gary Jue (Gary Jue) Pima County, Arizona, United States August 03, 2010 Details
July 18, 2009 legacy.reporter (Doug Mullins & John Rhodes) Pima County, Arizona, United States August 10, 2009 Details
August 15, 1998 legacy.reporter (Mike Hoffmann) Uinta County, Wyoming, United States April 21, 2009 Details
August 03, 1995 legacy.reporter (Michael J. Smith) Pinal County, Arizona, United States January 07, 2008 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Mohave 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 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 Yavapai 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 Graham 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 Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Pima 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 Moffat County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Rio Blanco County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Garfield County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Mesa County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Delta County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details