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Caterpillars of Eastern Forests

Banded Hairstreak (Satyrium calanus)


JPG-Photo of Banded Hairstreak

Variable in color ranging from green to tan or dark brown marked with pinks, browns, and white. Most bear oblique subdorsal lines and subspiracular stripe. Somewhat imbricate with anterior end of each segment recessed under preceding one. Body with subtle subdorsal ridge that may be marked with pale stripe. Densely hairy, with longest hair forming subventral fringe around body. Several other hairstreaks co-occur with banded hairstreak, especially on oaks. Food: oaks, walnuts, and hickories. Caterpillar: May to June; 1 generation.


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