Bromeliad Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon serapio [Godman and Salvin])
Wing span: 11/16 - 1 3/16 inches (1.8 - 3.0 cm).
Identification: Underside gray; hindwing with irregular postmedian line of squarish segments. Submarginal area clouded gray and white.
Life history: Not reported.
Flight: July-August and November-December (2 flights) in Mexico.
Caterpillar hosts: Air-plant and relatives.
Adult food: Probably flower nectar.
Habitat: Arid situations in subtropical mountains.
Range: Mexico south through tropics to southern Brazil. Rare stray to west Texas.
Conservation: Not required for rare stray.
The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management needs: None reported.
Neck, R.W. 1996. A field guide to butterflies of Texas. Gulf Publishing Co., Houston, Texas. 323 pp. Scott, J. A. 1986. The butterflies of North America. Stanford University Press, Stanford, Calif. 583 pages, 64 color plates. Stanford, R. E. and P. A. Opler. 1993. Atlas of western USA butterflies including adjacent parts of Canada and Mexico. Denver and Fort Collins, CO.
State and Regional References:
Opler, Paul A. 1999. Peterson Field Guide to Western Butterflies, revised edition. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass. Stanford, R.E. and P.A. Opler. 1993. Atlas of Western USA Butterflies. Privately published, Denver, Colo.