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White Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon albata)
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White Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon albata [Felder & Felder])

Wing span: 1 1/8 - 1 3/8 inches (2.9 - 3.5 cm).

Identification: Upperside gray with large areas of white patches. Underside of hindwing pale gray with faded postmedian line; eyespot near tail does not contain orange.

Life history: Eggs are laid on leaves and flower buds of the host plant. Caterpillars feed on flower buds and young fruits.

Flight: Possibly two broods in South Texas from June-December, throughout the year in the tropics.

Caterpillar hosts: Abutilon incanum in the Malvaceae family.

Adult food: Flower nectar including blue boneset.

Habitat: Second growth and shrubby fields in seasonally dry tropical lowlands.

Range: Venezuela and Columbia north to Mexico. A rare stray to South Texas.

Conservation: Conserve any populations in South Texas.

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: Set aside more Tamaulipan brushland habitat in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.


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.

Author: Jane M. Struttmann

White Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon albata)
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