|scientific name Satyrium liparops |
common name Striped Hairstreak
Found near shrub thickets, often along prairie coulees and valley sides.
The single yearly brood flies from mid June to early August, peaking in mid-July.
This is the only Alberta hairstreak with a loose, banded underside pattern. There are several subspecies attributed to the provincial fauna, with aliparops found in the southern prairies and fletcheri inhabiting the northern prairies and parklands. The Peace River populations belong to an unnamed subspecies (Bird et al. 1995).
The larva is green with a yellowish dorsal stripe and yellow oblique bands (Layberry et al. 1998). Eggs overwinter, and pupation occurs in mid-June in BC (Guppy & Shepard 2001).
The Peace River populations are globally unique and have a restricted geographic range.
The larval foodplants are presumed to be rosaceous shrubs in western Canada, including saskatoon (Amelanchier alnifolia) and cherry (Prunus spp.) (Bird et al. 1995, Guppy & Shepard 2001).
The core of this species' range is the eastern continental US, occuring from northern Florida west to Colorado and the AB-BC Peace River valley (Opler 1999).
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