Fulvous Hairstreak (Electrostrymon angelia [Hewitson])
Wing span: 3/4 - 1 1/8 inches (2 - 2.9 cm).
Identification: Hindwing with 2 tails. Upperside red-orange with black borders. Underside of hindwing gray-brown with large eyespot near lower tip of wing; postmedian line is white edged with black.
Life history: Eggs are laid singly on leaves and stems; caterpillars eat the leaves.
Flight: Many flights from January-November.
Caterpillar hosts: Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius) in the cashew family (Anacardiaceae).
Adult food: Nectar from flowers of Brazilian pepper, shepherd's needle, and sea grape.
Habitat: Edges of tropical hardwood hammocks.
Range: Southern Florida and the Keys, West Indies.
Conservation: Not required for species on non-indigenous hosts.
The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management needs: None reported.
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Author: Jane M. Struttmann