Coral Hairstreak - Satyrium titus
Live adult butterflies photographed at West
Chicago Prairie, DuPage County, Illinois
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Coral Hairstreak - Satyrium titus

The Coral Hairstreak is one of a dozen or so very similar butterflies. This is the only hairstreak with that row of coral-colored spots without tails. Life Cycle: Eggs overwinter. Caterpillar covered with fine silken hairs, yellow-green underneath, feeds on wild cherry, plum, and serviceberry. One brood, usually July. Habitat: Meadows and fields, roadsides, brushy clearings.

I found this specimen nectaring on Milkweed, near the West Branch of the DuPage River in Northern Illinois. These butterflies are quite rare here. Similar species: Edward's Hairstreak, Hickory Hairstreak, Striped Hairstreak and Banded Hairstreak.


See also Banded Hairstreak
References
  1. Bugguide.net, Coral Hairstreak
  2. National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects & Spiders Chanticleer Press 1980
  3. Eric Eaton & Ken Kaufman, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America
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