Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Poling's Hairstreak
Satyrium polingi (Barnes & Benjamin, 1926)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: Two tails on each hindwing. Underside of hindwing dark-brown; blue tail-spot capped narrowly with orange; black-edged white W near inner margin.
Wing Span: 1 - 1 3/8 inches (2.5 - 3.0 cm).
Life History: Eggs are laid singly on host plant twigs and hatch the following spring. Caterpillars feed on leaves, buds, and male catkins
Flight: Two flights, one in May-June and another in August-September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Gray oak and Emory oak.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Oak woodlands.
Range: Southern New Mexico and west Texas south into northeastern Mexico.
Conservation: Status of host oak populations and nectar availability should be studied.
NCGR: G2 - Imperiled because of rarity (6 to 20 occurrences), or because of other factors demonstrably making it very vulnerable to extinction throughout its range. (Endangered throughout its range).
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL
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