Wisconsin Native Caterpillars
Coral Hairstreak Caterpillar
Genus-Species: Satyrium titus
Description: The body is basically green. Both head
and tail are suffused with red, which enables the caterpillar to blend with Black Cherry leaves
and stems that are also suffused with red.
Chrysalis: Brown, flecked with black and covered
with very short hairs.
Host Plants: Wild cherry (Prunus species), American
plum (Prunus americana), Canadian plum (Prunus nigra) and Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana).
Habitat: Can be found in a variety of habitats where
Wild Cherry and Plum, the main host plants of this species, are found.
Comments: Like many of the Hairstreaks in Wisconsin,
you will seldom see this species with its wings open; instead you are welcomed by the vivid
orange (coral) spot band below that gives this species its common name.