Butterflies and Moths of North America

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White Scrub-Hairstreak
Strymon albata (C. Felder & R. Felder, 1865)


Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: Upperside gray with large areas of white patches. Underside of hindwing pale gray with faded postmedian line; eyespot near tail does not contain orange.
Wing Span: 1 1/8 - 1 3/8 inches (2.9 - 3.5 cm).
Life History: Eggs are laid on leaves and flower buds of the host plant. Caterpillars feed on flower buds and young fruits.
Flight: Possibly two broods in South Texas from June-December, throughout the year in the tropics.
Caterpillar Hosts: Abutilon incanum in the Malvaceae family.
Adult Food: Flower nectar including blue boneset.
Habitat: Second growth and shrubby fields in seasonally dry tropical lowlands.
Range: Venezuela and Columbia north to Mexico. A rare stray to South Texas.
Conservation: Conserve any populations in South Texas.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Set aside more Tamaulipan brushland habitat in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
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