Red-banded Hairstreak Calycopis cecrops (Fabricius, 1793)

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The Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops), the northernmost representative of a mostly southern or neotropical genus, is a vividly-marked and striking butterfly, with bright reddish-orange bands on its wings. This distinctive butterfly is found through most of Maryland, where it has a long flight period, starting in mid-May, with a second brood appearing in August (Butterflies of Maryland: A Biological Summary and Checklist by Lynn Davidson & Richard Smith).

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Host plants include Winged Sumac (Rhus copallinum) and Staghorn Sumac (Rhus tiphina) (Database of World's Lepidopteran Host Plants). Apparently, the larvae often show a marked preference for the rotting leaf detritus beneath the host plants.

There are 204 records in the project database.

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A Red-banded Hairstreak in Howard Co., Maryland (7/29/2016). Photo by Kevin Heffernan. (MBP list)

A Red-banded Hairstreak in Howard Co., Maryland (7/23/2012). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Red-banded Hairstreak at Soldiers Delight NEA, Baltimore Co., Maryland (5/19/2007). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Red-banded Hairstreak in Prince George's Co., Maryland (9/29/2013). Photo by Barbara Thurlow. (MBP list)

A Red-banded Hairstreak in Howard Co., Maryland (5/17/2014). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Red-banded Hairstreak in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/30/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Red-banded Hairstreak in Howard Co., Maryland (7/15/2017). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Red-banded Hairstreak in Baltimore City, Maryland (8/9/2006). Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)

A Red-banded Hairstreak in Cecil Co., Maryland (10/14/2012). Photo by Mark Johnson. (MBP list)

A Red-banded Hairstreak in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/14/2015). Photo by Robert Aguilar, SERC. (MBP list)

A Red-banded Hairstreak in Dorchester Co., Maryland (8/21/2015). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Red-banded Hairstreak in Harford Co., Maryland (8/6/2017). Photo by Mary Sweet. (MBP list)


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