Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Sandia Hairstreak
Callophrys mcfarlandi P. Ehrlich & Clench, 1960

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: Tailless. Upperside of male is brown; female is reddish brown with a narrow black border. Underside yellow-green; white postmedian line bordered with black toward the wing base.
Wing Span: 1 1/8 - 1 1/4 inches (2.9 - 3.2 cm).
Life History: Eggs are laid on flower stalks of the host plant. Caterpillars feed on flowers and fruits.
Flight: Two flights from May-June.
Caterpillar Hosts: Beargrass (Nolina texana) in the agave family (Agavaceae).
Adult Food: Nectar of host plant flowers.
Habitat: Yucca-agave desert.
Range: Very local and west Texas to northeast Mexico.
Conservation: Many colonies are highly localized.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Preserve host plant colonies wherever found.
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