Saturday, September 18, 2010
Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops), one of my favorite species in the hairstreak group. (I also really like Juniper Hairstreaks.) This is a southeastern species; New Jersey is near the northern end of its range in the east. Its larvae feed on wax myrtle, some sumacs, and some oaks. Adults nectar on a variety of flowers.