Wingspan is 1 - 1 1/4 inches.
None in our region.
Areas around young pine saplings, woodland edges, semi-open
to open areas and power line cuts. Always with pines nearby.
in the coastal plain and southeastern piedmont and rare in the mountains.
Adults fly from early March until early June in a single yet staggered
Larval Host Plants:
Loblolly Pine Pinus taeda, Virginia Pine P. virginiana,
Shortleaf Pine P. echinata and White Pine P. strobus.
These elfins can turn up about anywhere you find young pine trees. A good
way to find them is to walk power line cuts with mowed down pine trees
about waist height in the spring.
The top photo was taken in Franklin Co., NC on April 24, 2002. The second
photo was taken in Franklin Co., NC on April 18, 2004. The third photo
was taken along Catawba Creek in Botetourt Co., VA on April 24, 2003.
The bottom photo was taken in Orange Co., NC on May 15, 2004.
Species List > Hairstreaks