Behr’s Hairstreak

Satyrium behrii
Hairstreaks and Elfins

Appearance: Above, this tailless hairstreak is orange with dark outer margins on both the fore and hindwing. Below, it is gray to brownish gray with black postmedian and submarginal spots, edged in white. One or two spots on the lower submarginal portion of the hindwing may show orange-capped black.

Size: Small; 15/16 to 1 1/8 inches

Habitat: Rocky arid flats and hillsides in the Front Range foothills

Season: May to August, most abundant in June and July

Larval Foodplant: Bitterbrush and Mountain Mahogany

Did You Know…
A good way to find this species is to survey and/or tap bitterbrush clumps where the females hang out and the males perch looking for partners (Pyle, 2002).

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