Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Amethyst Hairstreak
Chlorostrymon maesites (Herrich-Schäffer, 1865)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: Upper surface of male iridescent deep blue-purple; female dull gray-blue. Lower surface has thin postmedian line on yellow-green background.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 inch (2.2 - 2.5 cm).
Life History: Males perch in tree foliage 6-10 feet above ground.
Flight: Two or three flights in Florida from December-July.
Caterpillar Hosts: Unknown in wild; caterpillars have fed on flower buds of Albizia lebbeck (Fabaceae) in the lab.
Adult Food: In Florida, nectar from flowers of ape\'s earring, Brazilian pepper, Guamachil, and shepherd's needle.
Habitat: Subtropical evergreen or semideciduous woods and hammocks.
Range: Southeastern Florida peninsula and Keys; larger Caribbean Islands.
Conservation: Amount of habitat is restricted on the Florida Keys.
NCGR: GU - Unable to assign rank due to lack of available information.
Management Needs: Conserve all possible native habitats.
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