Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Disguised Scrub-Hairstreak
Strymon limenia (Hewitson, 1868)


Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: One long tail. Upperside brown; forewing pointed. Underside brown; hindwing with 2 black basal spots and postmedian row of black spots.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 1/4 inches (2.2 - 3.2 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: Possibly 2 broods, from April-December.
Caterpillar Hosts: Not reported.
Adult Food: Herbaceous Malvaceae (Abutilon, Sida, and Hibiscus); shepherd's needle (Bidens pilosa).
Habitat: Weedy forest openings and fields.
Range: Florida Keys and West Indies.
Conservation: Was last found on the Florida Keys in 1976.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Search for any remnant U. S. populations.
Comments: NULL