Attributes of Strymon melinus

Gray Hairstreak
Strymon melinus (Hübner, 1818)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: One tail on hindwing. Upperside blue-gray with large red spot near tail. Underside of spring/fall form is dark gray, summer form is paler gray. Relatively straight postmedian line is white, bordered with orange on the inside edge.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 3/8 inches (2.2 - 3.5 cm).
Life History: Males perch all afternoon on small trees and shrubs to seek receptive females. Eggs are laid singly on flowers of host plant. Young caterpillars feed on flowers and fruits; older ones may eat leaves. Chrysalids hibernate.
Flight: Two flights from May-September in the north, three-four flights from February-November in the south.
Caterpillar Hosts: Flowers and fruits from an almost endless variety of plants; most often from pea (Fabaceae) and mallow (Malvaceae) families including beans (Phaseolus), clovers (Trifolium), cotton (Gossypium), and mallow (Malva).
Adult Food: Nectar from many flower species including dogbane, milkweed, mint, winter cress, goldenrod, tick trefoil, and white sweet clover.
Habitat: Open, nonforested sites; common in disturbed, weedy areas.
Range: Throughout continental United States from southern Canada south to Mexico; southward to Venezuela. Comments: The most widespread hairstreak in North America.
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: Caterpillars may cause economic damage to bean and cotton crops.
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May 27, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States May 28, 2016 Details
May 27, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States May 28, 2016 Details
May 27, 2016 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States May 28, 2016 Details
May 24, 2016 Christine Mooney Volusia County, Florida, United States May 25, 2016 Details
May 21, 2016 hiker96 Douglas County, Kansas, United States May 24, 2016 Details
May 16, 2016 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States May 22, 2016 Details
May 04, 2016 Sue Orlowski Spokane County, Washington, United States May 19, 2016 Details
May 04, 2016 ncrosbyrd Wakulla County, Florida, United States May 18, 2016 Details
April 28, 2016 randimal Kittitas County, Washington, United States May 15, 2016 Details
May 09, 2016 jim.odonater Tillamook County, Oregon, United States May 14, 2016 Details
May 13, 2016 JDreimiller Snohomish County, Washington, United States May 14, 2016 Details
April 30, 2016 CA Ivy Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States May 02, 2016 Details
April 28, 2016 EarlyDawnPhotography Grant County, Kentucky, United States May 02, 2016 Details
April 23, 2016 ezeemonee San Nicolas Island County, California, United States April 26, 2016 Details
April 16, 2016 rebeccafm Los Angeles County, California, United States April 26, 2016 Details
April 24, 2016 msteinhelper Bexar County, Texas, United States April 25, 2016 Details
April 21, 2016 ezeemonee San Nicolas Island County, California, United States April 22, 2016 Details
April 21, 2016 ezeemonee San Nicolas Island County, California, United States April 22, 2016 Details
April 17, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States April 18, 2016 Details
April 05, 2016 Bill Emch Marathon Key County, Florida, United States April 08, 2016 Details
July 09, 2015 M Kuhlman Missoula County, Montana, United States April 07, 2016 Details
March 23, 2016 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States March 24, 2016 Details
March 19, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 19, 2016 Details
February 25, 2016 KittKatt Los Angeles County, California, United States March 10, 2016 Details
September 24, 2015 digginflowers Cape May County, New Jersey, United States February 29, 2016 Details
June 02, 2015 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 28, 2016 Details
July 08, 2015 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 28, 2016 Details
April 25, 2012 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 27, 2016 Details
May 01, 2012 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 27, 2016 Details
May 25, 2013 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 27, 2016 Details
May 25, 2015 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 27, 2016 Details
May 27, 2015 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 27, 2016 Details
July 12, 2015 Alvinpest Brazoria County, Texas, United States February 24, 2016 Details
February 21, 2016 MAKI Ventura County, California, United States February 24, 2016 Details
September 29, 2010 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 24, 2016 Details
February 14, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States February 15, 2016 Details
February 14, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States February 15, 2016 Details
January 16, 2016 mellielong Orange County, Florida, United States January 29, 2016 Details
September 19, 2015 underwood.jones Wyandotte County, Kansas, United States January 18, 2016 Details
July 09, 2012 Trailmaker Jefferson County, Ohio, United States January 07, 2016 Details
July 01, 2007 Sue Allie Sumter County, Florida, United States January 06, 2016 Details
November 12, 2010 ozcomomoths Ozark County, Missouri, United States January 05, 2016 Details
August 19, 2015 Robert Epstein Sarasota County, Florida, United States January 04, 2016 Details
September 10, 2013 AJ Trently Lewis County, Tennessee, United States January 01, 2016 Details
August 21, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 30, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 29, 2015 Details
March 05, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 17, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 JeanEvoy Hardee County, Florida, United States December 03, 2015 Details
October 23, 2015 Jonathan Clark La Salle Parish, Louisiana, United States December 03, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 curtis.lehman Alleghany County, North Carolina, United States November 25, 2015 Details