Status:  rare resident

Flights:  1+, Mar-Oct


Distribution/known sites in Monterey County:  inland, away from the fog belt; Chew’s Ridge, Chalone Pks., Hare Cyn.


Habitats:  canyons, streamsides with mistletoe-covered trees, oak woodland/savanna

Host plants:  mistletoe, esp. on cottonwood, oak, walnut

Adult foodavid flower visitor, incl. goldenrod, Hercules club, shepherd’s needle, sweet pepperbush, wild plum


Conservationnone needed


Remarks: 

  1.   moderate hilltopper

  2.   perches with wings closed

  3.   male has iridescent turquoise patch on FW below; female more restricted blue (not purplish) above

 
 

Great Purple Hairstreak   Atlides halesus

Life history facts


egg: ?

larva: eats leaves and male flowers

pupa: hibernate at base of host tree or under loose bark

adult:  males await females on trees on hilly summits, flat plains, mostly in the afternoon

n. chalone pk, pinnacles