Status:  uncommon resident

Flights:  1, May-Jul


Distribution/known sites in Monterey County:  both coastal and interior ranges; Chalone Pks., Hasting’s Reserve


Habitats:  foothill chaparral, mixed woodlands

Host plants: mountain mahogany

Adult foodflower nectar, esp. buckwheat


Conservation: none needed


Remarks: 

  1.   often found with hedgerow and other hairstreaks on host plant or flowers

  2.   formerly called gray hairstreak

  3.   male shorter tail, dark gray; female dark grayish-brown

 
 

Mountain mahogany hairstreak Satyrium tetra

Life history facts


egg: laid on twigs or leaves, singly or in small groups; hibernate until spring

larva: eat leaves

pupa:

adult:  males perch on hilltop shrubs or valley host plants to watch for females

nectaring on buckwheat

n chalone peak