Status:  fairly common resident

Flights:  1, May-Oct


Distribution/known sites in Monterey County:  Santa Lucia slopes and canyons; upper Tassajara Rd., Pine Ridge trail


Habitats:  dry slopes in chaparral, foothill and lower mountain canyons

Host plants: canyon oak, chinquapin, tan oak

Adult foodvisits moisture sources, possibly aphid honeydew and other exudates, not flowers


Conservationnone needed


Remarks: 

  1.   our ssp. H. g. lorquini, Lorquin’s Hairstreak

  2.   often crepuscular, best found perching on food plant

  3.   adults shun flowers, congregate in large numbers on host plant, look like dried leaf

  4.   adults estivate in summer, re-emerge to lay eggs in fall

  5.   food source during estivation unknown

  6.   formerly Boisduval’s hairstreak, canyon oak hairstreak

  7.   sexes similar, male darker

 
 

Golden hairstreak Habrodais grunus

Life history facts


egg: laid on twigs of host trees, hibernates thru winter

larva: feed on young leaves

pupa:

adult:  males active early a.m., late p.m., rest on banks and tree trunks, patrol canopy for females

perched on canyon oak