Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)

In NC, these are uncommon and local in the coastal plain and rare in the piedmont. The upperside (seen only in flight) is a deep, rich blue. Great Purple Hairstreaks seem to have 3 broods in NC, two in the spring and one in the late summer. Mistletoes are the caterpillar host plants.
Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)

Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) nectaring on Flattop Goldenrod (Solidago microcephala)

Dare Co., NC
4 Oct 2009

Many are now calling this species "Great Blue Hairstreak", a name that is probably more appropriate.


Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)

Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) nectaring on Climbing Hempvine (Mikania scandens)

Hyde Co., NC
16 Sep 2006

Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) crawling on Flattop Goldenrod (Euthamia caroliniana)
Scotland Co., NC
1 Oct 2006

Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
Orange Co., NC
1 May 2006

Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
Chatham Co., NC
17 Sep 2005
Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
Orange Co., NC
8 Sep 2005

Great Purple Hairtreak Great Purple Hairtreak Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
New Hanover Co., NC
31 August 2003

Great Purple Hairtreak Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
New Hanover Co., NC
31 August 2003

Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
Chatham Co., NC
17 Sep 2005

Here's a view of the rear end of Great Purple Hairstreak. Note the combination of flare of the corners of the wings with the "tails" gives an impression of large eyes and antennae.


Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
Jones Co., NC
21 Oct 2007

Another rear angle!


Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
Jones Co., NC
21 Oct 2007

Nice eyes!


Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
Jones Co., NC
21 Oct 2007
Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
Jones Co., NC
21 Oct 2007

Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
Jones Co., NC
21 Oct 2007
Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
Craven Co., NC
21 Oct 2007

Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
Craven Co., NC
31 Aug 2008

Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
Bladen Co., NC
1 Oct 2016

Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
Bladen Co., NC
1 Oct 2016

Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
Bladen Co., NC
1 Oct 2016

Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
Bladen Co., NC
1 Oct 2016

Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
Bladen Co., NC
1 Oct 2016

Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
Bladen Co., NC
1 Oct 2016


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