White M Hairstreak
Parrhasius m-album [Boisduval
Gossimer Wings Family
Photo courtesy Pete Williams, Gulf Breeze, Florida
Copyright (c) 2007 Pete Williams
June 22, 2007
Photo copyrighted Will Cook
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Identification: The wing span is 1-1/4 to 1-5/8 inches.
The upperside is iridescent blue with black borders. The
underside is grayish brown.
The white post-median line is edged with black and forming
a white M (or W) near tail. There will be a white spot near the
Three broods fly from February to October in the northern
states; four in Florida.
The caterpillar host plants are Live oak and other oak
Adult food: is nectar from a variety of flowers including
viburnum, sumac, sourwood, wild plum, poinsettia, sweet pepperbush,
common milkweed, lantana, dogwood, and goldenrod.
Its preferred habitat is woods and near broadleaf trees.
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