Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Red-spotted Hairstreak
Tmolus echion (Linnaeus, 1767)


Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: Tailed. Upperside of male iridescent blue, female dull blue-gray. Underside light gray with 2 rows of orange oblong spots.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 1/4 inches (2.2 - 3.2 cm).
Life History: Eggs are laid singly on flowers of host plant. Caterpillars feed on flower and fruits and sometimes leaves.
Flight: May in South Texas, all year in Hawaii and Mexico.
Caterpillar Hosts: Many species of tropical plants including some in the verbena, mint, and potato families.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Subtropical scrub and forest edges.
Range: Brazil north to Sinaloa and Tamaulipas, Mexico. Strays rarely to South Texas. Was introduced to Hawaii in 1902 to control Lantana.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL