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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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
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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
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Montrose County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Ouray County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter San Miguel County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Dolores County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Montezuma County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter La Plata County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Archuleta County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Mineral County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Saguache County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Gunnison County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Pitkin County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Chaffee County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Routt County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Grand County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Boulder County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Jefferson County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Denver County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Douglas County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Teller County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Elbert County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter El Paso County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Pueblo County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Fremont County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Custer County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Huerfano County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Las Animas County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Hinsdale County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Costilla County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Crowley County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details