Attributes of Phaeostrymon alcestis

Soapberry Hairstreak
Phaeostrymon alcestis (W.H. Edwards, 1871)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: Upperside plain deep brown. Underside of both wings have cells with narrow white bars outlined in black. Postmedian band white, bold, and jagged.
Wing Span: 1 - 1 1/2 inches (2.5 - 3.8 cm).
Life History: Males patrol for females around the canopy. Females lay eggs singly on host plant twigs. Eggs overwinter and hatch in spring; caterpillars feed on leaves.
Flight: One flight from April-July.
Caterpillar Hosts: Western soapberry (Sapindus saponaria var. drummondii).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Desert foothill canyons, prairie valleys, hedgerows, woodlands, roadsides.
Range: Northeastern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona east to Kansas, south to Texas.
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 Coconino 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 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 Graham 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 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 Mohave County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Baca 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 Meade County, Kansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Comanche County, Kansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Barber County, Kansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sumner County, Kansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cowley County, Kansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Elk County, Kansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Greenwood County, Kansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Kingman County, Kansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Pratt County, Kansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Gray County, Kansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Haskell County, Kansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Finney County, Kansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Lane County, Kansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Ness County, Kansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Rush County, Kansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Chihuahua, Mexico December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Union County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Mora County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Harding County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter San Miguel County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Grant County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Hidalgo County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Eddy County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Chaves County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter De Baca County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Roosevelt County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Guadalupe County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Quay County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Harper County, Oklahoma, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Ellis County, Oklahoma, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Woodward County, Oklahoma, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Dewey County, Oklahoma, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Comanche County, Oklahoma, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Grant County, Oklahoma, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Harmon County, Oklahoma, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Kay County, Oklahoma, United States December 31, 2004 Details