Early Hairstreak, Erora laeta

Early Hairstreak

Erora laeta

Description:
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.

Habitat:
Beech forests.

Overwintering Strategy:   Eggs

Flight:   
Double brooded in the northern part of its range.

Notes:   
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
 WisconsinButterflies.org
 Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Assn (NABA)
 The Butterfly Site

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