Note: The previous genus name Harkenclenus was derived from the name of a butterfly expert, Harry Kendon Clench, who specialized in Hairstreaks.
This species ranges from southern British Columbia east to the east coast, and south to Nevada, New Mexico, and northern Texas east to Georgia. It occurs through much of Idaho.
It utilizes a variety of habitats including meadows, fields, brushy areas, woodlands, and mountain canyons.
Caterpillars feed on the leaves and fruit of trees of the genus Prunus,
such as wild cherry, wild plum, and chokecherry.
Adult: Butterflies drink flower nectar, often from butterfly weed (Asclepias spp.) in the east or dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium) in the west.
There is one generation of caterpillars each growing season, which hatch from eggs laid the previous year. Caterpillars feed at night and retreat to the base of the plant or into the leaf litter during the day. Each caterpillar undergoes four stages of growth, called instars. The caterpillar is equipped with a honey gland, also known as a dorsal nectary organ, which emits a sugary solution agreeable to ants. The ants feed on the solution and in turn protect the caterpillar from predators. Adults generally fly from mid-May through August.
Males perch to wait for receptive females. Females lay eggs singly on host plants, usually on twigs but occasionally at the base of the plant.
|Idaho Status:||Unprotected nongame species.|
|Global Rank:||G5; populations are widespread, abundant, and secure..|
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