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Yojoa Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon yojoa)
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Yojoa Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon yojoa [Reakirt])

Wing span: 7/8 - 1 1/4 inches (2.2 - 3.2 cm).

Identification: Upperside gray. Underside gray; submarginal gray-white stripe bordered by faint irregular postmedian line.

Life history: Eggs are laid singly on flowers of the host plant. Caterpillars feed on flowers and fruits.

Flight: One from October-December in South Texas, throughout the year in tropics.

Caterpillar hosts: A variety of tropical plants including Hibiscus species, Desmodium axillare, and Kohleria tubiflora.

Adult food: Flower nectar.

Habitat: Subtropical thorn forest, scrub, lightly disturbed areas.

Range: Brazil north through Central America to Mexico. Rare stray to South Texas.

Conservation: Not necessary 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.


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

Yojoa Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon yojoa)
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