Gossamer Wings: Banded Hairstreak
Satyrium calanus

Banded Hairstreak Sightings
Size: Wingspan ranges from 1" - 1.5"
Habitat: Deciduous forest openings
Occurrence Level: Uncommon
Flight Period: Mid-June to early July
Larval Host Plant: Various oaks, walnut, hickory

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Banded Hairstreak
Prince Georges County, MD. June 8, 2013

There were heavy rains the night before this photo was taken and most of the butterflies were wet. This Banded Hairstreak was no exception. Luckily the sun came out periodically later in the day to help them out.

Banded Hairstreak
Howard County, MD. June 14, 2012

The Banded Hairstreak has a thin band of dark brown, mostly connected spots running down the postmedian areas of the ventral forewing and hindwing. These spots are bordered by white on their outer edges.

Banded Hairstreak
Howard County, MD. June 24, 2012

Banded Hairstreak
Charles County, MD. June 12, 2013

Banded Hairstreak
Garrett County, MD. July 6, 2014