Great Purple Hairstreak – Atlides halesus

Great Purple Hairstreak – Atlides halesus

Great Purple Hairstreak Atlides halesus Goldenrod

Great Purple Hairstreak
Atlides halesus
Goldenrod blooms

Great Purple Hairstreak Eggs Atlides halesus

Great Purple Hairstreak Eggs
Atlides halesus

Great Purple Hairstreak Hatching Egg Atlides halesus

Great Purple Hairstreak
Hatching Egg
Atlides halesus

Great Purple Hairstreak Caterpillar Atlides halesus

Great Purple Hairstreak Caterpillar
Atlides halesus

Great Purple Hairstreak Caterpillar Atlides halesus

Great Purple Hairstreak Caterpillar
Atlides halesus

Great Purple Hairstreak Caterpillar Atlides halesus

Great Purple Hairstreak Caterpillar
Atlides halesus

Great Purple Hairstreak Caterpillar preparing to pupate Atlides halesus

Great Purple Hairstreak
Caterpillar preparing to pupate
Atlides halesus

Great Purple Hairstreak Chrysalis Atlides halesus

Great Purple Hairstreak Chrysalis
Atlides halesus

Great Purple Hairstreak Atlides halesus

Great Purple Hairstreak
Atlides halesus

Great Purple Hairstreak Atlides halesus

Great Purple Hairstreak
Atlides halesus

Great Purple Hairstreak Atlides halesus

Great Purple Hairstreak
Atlides halesus

Great Purple Hairstreak Atlides halesus

Great Purple Hairstreak Atlides halesus Metallic blue upper wings

Great Purple Hairstreak Atlides halesus Black Cherry Blooms

Great Purple Hairstreak
Atlides halesus
Black Cherry Blooms

Great Purple Hairstreak butterflies are found in the lower half of the United States.

Mistletoe is the only host plant for these butterflies. Mistletoe is a parasite plant, growing in other trees.

The top side of their wings boast a brilliant metallic blue. If the butterfly is a male, more blue covers the wings.

Eggs are laid singly on mistletoe. After hatching, the green caterpillar eats mistletoe. It blends in well with the leaves of its host plant. On the top of its thorax, near the head, is a diamond shaped mark.

Caterpillars pupate into tiny chrysalises.

Adults emerge and dry their wings. The following day they begin eating, often drinking from plants that produce white flowers.

 

 

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