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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Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
May 17, 2010 lmreid71 Bexar County, Texas, United States November 15, 2013 Details
June 23, 2013 azukoff Clark County, Kansas, United States July 01, 2013 Details
April 08, 1981 legacy.reporter (Brock & Smith) Pima County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 31, 1981 legacy.reporter (Brock & Smith) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
June 01, 2005 John Saba (John Saba) Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 08, 2012 aahewetson Texas, United States, Winkler County May 19, 2012 Details
June 09, 1977 legacy.reporter (Richard Bailowitz) Pima County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2012 Details
April 29, 1979 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Pima County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2012 Details
June 20, 2010 aahewetson Texas, United States, Yoakum County February 15, 2011 Details
June 20, 2010 aahewetson Cochran County, Texas, United States February 15, 2011 Details
May 27, 1964 legacy.reporter (Hessel) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
June 14, 1969 legacy.reporter (Ronald S. Wielgus) Yavapai County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
June 11, 1995 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Yavapai County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
June 11, 1995 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Yavapai County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
June 12, 1995 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Yavapai County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
June 21, 2009 aahewetson (Anthony Hewetson) Texas, Kent County, United States January 06, 2010 Details
June 14, 2009 aahewetson (Anthony Hewetson) Texas, Moore County, United States January 06, 2010 Details
June 21, 2009 aahewetson (Anthony Hewetson) Texas, Stonewall County, United States January 06, 2010 Details
June 22, 2005 legacy.reporter (Smith, Bill & Janet) Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
June 08, 2007 legacy.reporter (Ribitzki, Paul & Williams, Ken) Blaine County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
June 23, 2005 legacy.reporter (McConnell, Scott) Cimarron County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
June 02, 2007 legacy.reporter (Fisher, John) Creek County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
May 18, 2007 legacy.reporter (Reynolds, Bryan E.) Garvin County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
June 14, 2007 legacy.reporter (Gerard, Walter) Johnston County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
June 30, 2006 legacy.reporter (Nelson, John M. & Fisher, John) Major County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
June 07, 2006 legacy.reporter (Nelson, John M. & Fisher, John) Mayes County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
June 03, 2005 legacy.reporter (Nelson, John M. & Fisher, John) Okfuskee County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
June 10, 2005 legacy.reporter (Fisher, John) Osage County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
June 14, 2008 legacy.reporter (Ribitzki, Paul) Pawnee County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
May 21, 2006 legacy.reporter (Huzak, Amanda) Tillman County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
June 01, 2005 John Saba (John Saba) Cochise County, Arizona, United States January 28, 2009 Details
June 15, 2008 aahewetson (Anthony Hewetson) Fisher County, Texas, United States October 03, 2008 Details
June 27, 2008 aahewetson (Anthony Hewetson) Texas, Lamb County, United States October 03, 2008 Details
June 27, 2008 aahewetson (Anthony Hewetson) Hockley County, Texas, United States October 03, 2008 Details
June 28, 2008 aahewetson (Anthony Hewetson) Dickens County, Texas, United States October 03, 2008 Details
January 01, 2006 legacy.reporter Texas, United States, Victoria County January 24, 2008 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter (Derek Muschalek) DeWitt County, Texas, United States December 28, 2007 Details
May 12, 2007 legacy.reporter (David Henderson) Freestone County, Texas, United States July 19, 2007 Details
June 04, 2006 legacy.reporter (Paul Griffin) Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States June 12, 2007 Details
May 12, 2007 legacy.reporter (David F. Henderson) Freestone County, Texas, United States May 25, 2007 Details
June 19, 1980 legacy.reporter (Heitzman, J. Richard) Barry County, Missouri, United States February 21, 2007 Details
May 27, 2005 legacy.reporter (Elizabeth Moon) Texas, United States, Williamson County November 14, 2006 Details
May 07, 2006 legacy.reporter (Carlton Collier) Austin County, Texas, United States November 14, 2006 Details
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