The Banded Hairstreak is a small butterfly found throughout the United States. The Banded Hairstreak is chestnut brown with a beautiful blue patch on the hindwing surrounded by a black and red pattern. The hindwings have two tail-like extensions that are common among Gossamer Wing butterflies.


Banded Hairstreak” by Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren, licensed under (CC BY 2.0)


Banded Hairstreak Facts

Butterfly Family: Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Theclinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 – 1 1/2 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Forest areas and neighboring open edges and fields


Banded Hairstreak Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Red Oak
  • White Oak
  • Walnut
  • Hickory
  • Box Elder
  • Chestnut

Nectar Plants:

  • Common Milkweed
  • Yarrow
  • Meadowsweet
  • Staghorn Sumac
  • White Clover
  • New Jersey Tea
  • Dogbane
  • Flowering Dogwood