Gossamer Wings: Great Purple Hairstreak Atlides halesus
|Size:||Wingspan ranges from 1.25" - 2"|
|Habitat:||Woods infested with mistletoe|
|Flight Period:||Late June to late July, mid-September|
|Larval Host Plant:||Mistletoe|
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A formidable sight for any potential predator. While nectaring, the Great Purple Hairstreak turns the back hind wings outward to reveal what appears to be two glowing blue eyes and a long nose! Other Hairstreaks engage in this same behavior.