Juniper Hairstreak

Callophrys gryneus siva
Hairstreaks and Elfins

Appearance: The leading edge of the underside of the forewing is brownish green; the center portion is red-brown. The hindwing is a brighter green. Two irregular lines, one white and one dark red-brown extend from the leading edge of the forewing across both wings to the opposite edge. Posseses a fine short tail on each hindwing (Angel, 2005).

Size: Small; 1 to 1 1/4 inches

Habitat: Cedar breaks, juniper and pinyon-juniper woodlands

Season: May to August

Larval Foodplant: Juniper and Eastern Red Cedar

Did You Know…
Probably the best way to find and see this butterfly is to brush junipers and cedars with a stick and flush the males from their perch where they wait for females to fly by. Overwinters in the chrysalis stage.

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