Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Red-crescent Scrub-Hairstreak
Strymon rufofusca (Hewitson, 1877)


Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: One tail on hindwing. Upperside brown. Underside gray; hindwing postmarginal line red-orange, broken into dashes.
Wing Span: 1 - 1 1/8 inches (2.5 - 2.9 cm).
Life History: Eggs are laid singly on flower buds of the host plant.
Flight: In July and from October-December in South Texas; throughout the year in the tropics.
Caterpillar Hosts: Malvastrum coromandelianum (family Malvaceae) in Mexico.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Open pastures and weedy fields.
Range: Argentina north through Central America and Mexico to South Texas.
Conservation: Not necessary for rare stray.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Not reported.
Comments: NULL