Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1288670

Sandia Hairstreak
Callophrys mcfarlandi

Observation date: May 20, 1993
Submitted by: stevecary
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: ~15 larvae seen on Nolina texana in late bloom stages, seemed to be instars 3 to 6, creamy white through pink to red; north-facing slope inside N-facing drainage at ~4900 ft elev; SW corner of section 4; larvae found on one plant only, despite search of other plants; also noted Nolina in bloom elsewhere today and I looked for mcfarlandi, but with no luck; sunny, hot;
Status: Resident
Verified by: stevecary
Verified date: April 17, 2021
Coordinator notes: this could possibly be Strymon melinus, which also is known to eat this plant. not sure how to tell them apart.
Checklist region(s): Hidalgo County, New Mexico, United States