Hairstreaks and Elfins
Appearance: Above, black and iridescent purple with orange patches in the dark lower margins of both wings. Below, brownish-gray with several fine white stripes in the hindwing cell area. A blue iridescence to the marginal band and orange spots with black centers in front of the tail.
Size: Small; 1 3/16 to 1 1/2 inches
Habitat: Foothills canyons and hillsides where Gambel’s Oak is found
Season: Late June to August; 1 brood
Larval Foodplant: Gambel’s Oak
Did You Know…
The Colorado State Butterfly. Adults do not go to flowers, but feed on tree sap and aphid honeydew.
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