Great Purple Hairstreak Atlides halesus (Cramer, 1777)Threatened (MD)  -  S1 (Highly state rare)  -  S2 (State rare)  -  Vulnerable

Status:

Restricted to coastal plain swampy areas where host plant Oak Mistletoe is common. Flies June through September. Great Purple Hairstreaks are considered threatened and vulnerable by the Maryland Heritage Program.

Where to find:

Look for this butterfly on the coastal plain nectering on flowers that grow along swampy road edges.

Relationships:

Host plant is Oak Mistletoe (Phoradendron serotinum).

There are 36 records in the project database.

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A Great Purple Hairstreak in Dorchester Co., Maryland (7/29/2012). Photo by Annette Allor. (MBP list)

A Great Purple Hairstreak in Dorchester Co., Maryland (9/2/2007). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

A Great Purple Hairstreak found in Dorchester Co., Maryland (9/15/2007). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Great Purple Hairstreak in Dorchester Co., Maryland (9/26/2016). Photo by Jim Wilkinson. (MBP list)

A Great Purple Hairstreak in Kent Co., Delaware (7/21/2012). Photo by Mikey Lutmerding. (MBP list)

A Great Purple Hairstreak in Worcester Co., Maryland (7/9/2017). Photo by Jared Satchell. (MBP list)

A Great Purple Hairstreak in Worcester Co., Maryland (5/3/2014). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Great Purple Hairstreak found deceased in Worcester Co., Maryland (7/30/2013). Specimens like this provide very useful data on species' distributions. Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)


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