The Red-banded Hairstreak is a species of medium-sized butterflies known for its uncomplicated, simple coloration, and is found in selected regions in the United States. The underwing surface is light gray-brown with a red or orange band edged with a thin white line that crosses both hind and forewings. The width of the band varies. There is a blue spot and at least one black eyespot near the double tails. The upper wing surfaces differ according to sex: The males are slate gray with no markings, and the females are gray with iridescent blue scales that are visible in flight.


Red-banded Hairstreak” by John Brandauer, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


Red-banded Hairstreak Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Wax Myrtle
  • Dwarf Sumac
  • Staghorn Sumac
  • Winged Sumac
  • Fragrant Sumac
  • Oaks

Nectar Plants:

  • Nectar from various flowers
    • Yarrow
    • Wild Cherry
    • Sumac
    • Sweet Pepperbush
    • New Jersey Tea
    • Common Milkweed
    • Dogbane
    • Goldenrod
    • Mistflower
    • Joe-Pye Weed
    • Aster
    • Fleabane
    • Tickseed