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Fulvous Hairstreak
Electrostrymon angelia (Hewitson, 1874)


Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: Hindwing with 2 tails. Upperside red-orange with black borders. Underside of hindwing gray-brown with large eyespot near lower tip of wing; postmedian line is white edged with black.
Wing Span: 3/4 - 1 1/8 inches (2 - 2.9 cm).
Life History: Eggs are laid singly on leaves and stems; caterpillars eat the leaves.
Flight: Many flights from January-November.
Caterpillar Hosts: Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius) in the cashew family (Anacardiaceae).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers of Brazilian pepper, shepherd\'s needle, and sea grape.
Habitat: Edges of tropical hardwood hammocks.
Range: Southern Florida and the Keys, West Indies.
Conservation: Not required for species on non-indigenous hosts.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
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