Coral Hairstreak Satyrium titus (Fabricius, 1793)  

Status:

Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus) is an attractive, and generally uncommon butterfly that flies in the early to mid summer across Maryland (Butterflies of Maryland: A Biological Summary and Checklist by Lynn Davidson & Richard Smith).

Description:

This species lacks tails on the hindwings that many hairstreaks show, and also does not have a conspicuous blue hindwing spot. It has a prominent submarginal row of orange spots on the hindwing, and more faintly on the forewing (Brock & Kaufman, 2003).

Where to find:

Search for Coral Hairstreaks in successional habitat with lots of blooming Common Milkweed and/or Butterfly Weed which the adults seem to favor as a nectar source.

Relationships:

Host plants include trees and shrubs in the Rosaceae Family especially Black Cherry (Prunus serotina). Other plants that are known to have hosted Coral Hairstreaks include American Plum (Prunus americana), Chickasaw Plum (Prunus angustifolia), Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana), European Plum (Prunus domestica), and Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) (Butterflies of Massachusetts).

There are 54 records in the project database.

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A Coral Hairstreak in Prince George's Co., Maryland (6/19/2013). Photo by Annette Allor. (MBP list)

A Coral Hairstreak in Howard Co., Maryland (6/24/2017). Photo by Kevin Heffernan. (MBP list)

A Coral Hairstreak in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/12/2014). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Coral Hairstreak in Carroll Co., Maryland (6/22/2019). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Coral Hairstreak on Common Milkweed in Caroline Co., Maryland (6/23/2016). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Coral Hairstreak in Howard Co., Maryland (6/19/2013). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Coral Hairstreak nectaring on Butterfly Weed in Wicomico Co., Maryland (7/3/2009). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Coral Hairstreak in Howard Co., Maryland (6/29/2015). Photo by Jim Wilkinson. (MBP list)

A Coral Hairstreak in Caroline Co., Maryland (7/2/2016). Photo by Colleen Brighton. (MBP list)

A Coral Hairstreak in Howard Co., Maryland (6/21/2013). Photo by Nancy Magnusson. (MBP list)


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