Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Lacey's Scrub-Hairstreak
Strymon alea (Godman & Salvin, 1887)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: One long tail on hindwing. Upperside dark gray. Underside gray with a complicated pattern of blotches near the wing base, an irregular brown postmedian line, and a submarginal stripe of small, brown triangular spots.
Wing Span: 3/4 - 1 1/8 inches (1.9 - 2.9 cm).
Life History: Caterpillars eat buds and flowers.
Flight: Possibly four broods from April-December in Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Bernardia myricaefolia in the Euphorbiaceae family.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Subtropical thorn scrub.
Range: Northwest Costa Rica north through Mexico to central and South Texas.
Conservation: All U. S. populations should be conserved.
NCGR: GU - Unable to assign rank due to lack of available information.
Management Needs: Manage habitat to retain necessary resources, including host and nectar plants.
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