The Great Purple Hairstreak is one of the largest in the Hairstreak family. Its primary coloration is dark gray/purple, with red spots on the wings, and an orange abdomen. Besides the purple shade that is evident through its name, this butterfly also comes in the pattern of blue and is therefore also called the Great Blue Hairstreak.


Great Purple Hairstreak” by Ken Slade, licensed by (CC BY-NC 2.0)


Great Purple Hairstreak Facts

Butterfly Family: Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Theclinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 1/4 – 2 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Oak woods, mesquite forests, planted walnuts in agricultural or suburban areas, and mixed woods infested with mistletoe


Great Purple Hairstreak Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Mistletoe

Nectar Plants:

  • Creeping Phlox
  • Asters
  • Goldenrods
  • Sweet Pepperbush
  • Shepherd’s Needle