Early Hairstreak, Erora laeta

Early Hairstreak

Erora laeta

A small Hairstreak, with blue on the upper surface of the wings, especially in the female. Below, the wings have a light green tint with bright, reddish-orange postmedian lines on both wings.

Beech forests.

Overwintering Strategy:   Eggs

Double brooded in the northern part of its range.

The Early Hairstreak is at the western extreme of its range and is considered an uncommon stray in Wisconsin.

Overwintering Strategy

Two-way migration: Adult migrates from Wisconsin to Central Mexico
Small migration: Adult migrates from Wisconsin to southern US
Immigrant: Adult migrates into Wisconsin from warmer areas and don't fly south in winter
Adult Butterfly: Hibernates overwinter as an adult butterfly
Eggs: Eggs laid on stems, twigs or foot plants overwinter in diapause
Caterpillar: Caterpillars make nests on the base of plants and hibernate until spring
Chrysalis: Caterpillars shed their last skin, form a chrysalis and enter diapause.

For more information, read: Where Do Butterflies Go In Winter?

Further Information:   

 Design A Butterfly Garden
 Take The Butterfly Quiz
 Monarch Life Cycle
 Butterflies and Moths of North America
 Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Assn (NABA)
 The Butterfly Site

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