Striped Hairstreak

Satyrium liparops

This easily recognized species, although found throughout the state, is far from common. In central Wisconsin, I had not seen this species for four years and felt fortunate to see three individuals at three different sites in 2003. All three were well within the woods and in shade. But I have also seen Striped Hairstreaks at woodland edges, where they interacted with both Edwards’ and Banded Hairstreaks.

Weekly sightings for Striped Hairstreak

Identifying characteristics

The underside of the Striped Hairstreak, in fresh specimens, has somewhat of a reddish sheen, similar to that of some Edwards’ Hairstreaks. The bands of the Striped Hairstreak are wider and more offset than any other Wisconsin Hairstreak, and the blue spot on the hindwing beneath is capped with orange.

Similar species

The wide, offset bands with white on both edges distinguish this species from all other Wisconsin Hairstreaks.

Habitat

Forest edges and opening in woodlands.

Flight

One brood, from late June through July.

Abundance

Never abundant and most likely seen as solitary individuals. I have only seen two of these butterflies together on one occasion. In NABA butterfly counts from throughout North America for 2002, this species was reported on 44 counts but the highest number of individuals recorded was ten.

Late Striped Hairstreak Sightings

Date County Reported by
Aug 15, 2014 Bayfield Dan Sonnenberg
Aug 15, 2014 Bayfield Dan Sonnenberg
Aug 17, 2008 Bayfield Ryan Brady
Aug 24, 2008 Bayfield Ryan Brady
Sep 1, 2008 Bayfield Ryan Brady

Locations

Map showing sighting locations for Striped Hairstreak
Map key
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Sandhill Wildlife Area, Wood Co., WI. July 4, 2004.

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Mykelbust Lake SNA, Waupaca Co., WI. July 24, 2004.

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Sandhill Wildlife Area, Wood Co., WI. July 3, 2005.

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Observatory Hill SNA, Marquette Co., WI. July 13, 2003.