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Butterflies of Texas

Gold-bordered Hairstreak (Rekoa palegon)
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Gold-bordered Hairstreak (Rekoa palegon [Stoll])

Wing span: 7/8 - 1 1/8 inches (2.3 - 2.8 cm).

Identification: Upperside dull brown. Underside is gray with orange-brown outer margins and irregular stripes.

Life history: Not reported.

Flight: One; in early November in South Texas, May-December in Mexico.

Caterpillar hosts: Plants in Asteraceae family, and many others.

Adult food: Nectar from flowers of Senecio and Eupatorium.

Habitat: Wide variety of disturbed tropical areas.

Range: Argentina north to Mexico. One stray recorded in South Texas.

Conservation: Not required for rare stray.

Management needs: None reported.


Opler, P. A. and V. Malikul. 1992. A field guide to eastern  butterflies. Peterson 
    field guide #4. Houghton-Mifflin Co.,  Boston. 396 pages, 48 color plates.

Scott, J. A. 1986. The butterflies of North America. Stanford  University Press, 
    Stanford, Calif. 583 pages, 64 color plates.

Smith, D. S., L. D. Miller, and J. Y. Miller. 1994. The  butterflies of the West 
    Indies and South Florida. Oxford  University Press, Oxford. 264 pages, 32 
    color plates.

Author: Jane M. Struttmann

State and Regional References:

Neck, R.W. 1996. A Field Guide to Butterflies of Texas. Gulf Publishing Co., 
     Houston, Texas.

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. 

Tilden, J.W. and A.C. Smith. 1986. A Field Guide to Western Butterflies. 
     Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass.
Tveten, J. and Tveten, G.  1996.  Butterflies of Houston & Southeast Texas.
     Univ. of Texas Press, Austin, TX.  292 pp.
Gold-bordered Hairstreak (Rekoa palegon)
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