Status:  uncommon resident

Flights:  1, May-Jun


Distribution/known sites in Monterey County: Santa Lucias: Arroyo Seco, Jamesburg Rd., Big Creek, Nacimiento Rd; Gabilans: Parkfield, Lewis Creek Rd.


Habitats:  oak woodland, chaparral with oaks, lone oak trees in fields

Host plants: oaks (Quercus, several spp.), esp. blue oak, scrub oak

Adult foodnectars at CA buckeye, dogbane, milkweeds, buckwheat, horehound


Conservation: Santa Monica Mtns. ssp fumosum threatened by urbanization


Remarks: 

  1.   often common at flowers near host

  2.   named by Boisduval, who described it at time of gold rush

  3.   male has shorter tail, FW pointed, upperside light reddish-brown; female with yellowish tinge

 
 

Gold-hunter’s hairstreak Satyrium auretorum

Life history facts


egg: laid singly on stems, hibernate until spring

larva: feed on tender young leaves

pupa:

adult:  males perch on treetops, sometimes patrol for females

s carmel valley rd

5-21-2007