Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Black Hairstreak
Ocaria ocrisia (Hewitson, 1868)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: Upper surface charcoal black to charcoal gray with narrow blue edging on hindwing.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 inch (2.2 - 2.5 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: One flight in South Texas in early November; throughout the year in Central America.
Caterpillar Hosts: Flowers of Paullinia in Brazil; live oak in Costa Rica.
Adult Food: Not reported.
Habitat: Disturbed tropical sites at low to moderate elevations.
Range: Argentina north to Mexico. One stray recorded in South Texas.
Conservation: Not required for rare tropical stray.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL