Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)

Fairly common in the NC piedmont and rare in the mountains and coastal plain, Coral Hairstreaks are single brooded, flying from late May to late June. They are found in much of the United States.
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus titus) Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)

Unlike most hairstreaks in the eastern U.S., Coral Hairstreaks lack "tails".

Person Co., NC
13 Jun 2006

Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus) Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
Moore Co., NC
9 June 2007
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
Moore Co., NC
9 June 2007

Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus titus) Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus titus) Males (left) have a scent patch on the upperside of the forewings and have straighter wing edges. Females (right) lack the scent patch and have much more rounded wings.
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
Person Co., NC
13 Jun 2006
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
Person Co., NC
13 Jun 2006

Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus titus) Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus titus) Males

As you can see from most of these photos, Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is the favored nectar plant for Coral Hairstreaks!

Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
Person Co., NC
13 Jun 2006
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
Person Co., NC
13 Jun 2006

Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus titus) Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus titus) Females

Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
Person Co., NC
13 Jun 2006
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
Person Co., NC
13 Jun 2006

Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus titus) Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus titus) Females

Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
Caswell Co., NC
17 Jun 2006
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
Caswell Co., NC
17 Jun 2006

Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus titus) Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus titus) Females

Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
Caswell Co., NC
17 Jun 2006
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
Caswell Co., NC
17 Jun 2006

Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus titus) Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus titus)
Person Co., NC
13 Jun 2006

All of the individuals above and this one to the left are of this subspecies, which shows strong white circles surrounding the post-median black spots.



Below are Coral Hairstreaks from western Michigan, representing the subspecies C. titus winteri.
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus) Coral Hairstreak Satyrium titus winteri
St Clair Co., MI
8 July 2003

This is a different subspecies of Coral Hairstreak. Note that the post-median black spots are not encircled by white as they are in the subspecies above.


Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus) Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus) Male on left, female on right
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus winteri)
Kalamazoo Co., MI
2 July 2004
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus winteri)
Kalamazoo Co., MI
2 July 2004

Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus) Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus) Male on left, female on right
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus winteri)
Allegan Co., MI
5 July 2004
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus winteri)
Allegan Co., MI
5 July 2004


Below are Coral Hairstreaks from Colorado.
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus) Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus winteri)
Four Mile Creek, Teller Co., CO
11 July 2016
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus winteri)
Four Mile Creek, Teller Co., CO
11 July 2016


Below are Coral Hairstreaks from western Montana, most likely representing the subspecies Satyrium titus immaculosus.
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus) Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus immaculosus)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
15 July 2013
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus immaculosus)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
21 July 2013

Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus) Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus immaculosus)
Below Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
10 July 2014
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus immaculosus)
Below Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
21 July 2014

Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus) Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus immaculosus)
Below Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
22 July 2014
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus immaculosus)
Below Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
18 June 2015

Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus) Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus immaculosus)
Below Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
30 June 2015
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus immaculosus)
Below Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
30 June 2015

Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus) Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
Coral Hairstreak with Blue Copper
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
8 July 2015
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus immaculosus) (left)
Davis Creek, Missoula Co., MT
1 July 2015

Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus) Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus immaculosus) (left)
MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
3 July 2015
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus immaculosus) (left)
Woodchuck Creek, Missoula Co., MT
4 July 2015

Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus) Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus immaculosus) (left)
Woodchuck Creek, Missoula Co., MT
4 July 2015
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus immaculosus) (left)
Woodchuck Creek, Missoula Co., MT
4 July 2015

Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus) Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus immaculosus) (left)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
8 July 2015


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