North American Ecology (US and Canada)
occurs (regularly, as a native taxon) in multiple nations
Regularity: Regularly occurring
Type of Residency: Year-round
Global Range: (>2,500,000 square km (greater than 1,000,000 square miles)) Ohio and Long Island south to Texas and Florida. Most common on the coast of southeastern United States.
Comments: Forest and forest edges; hammocks, fields, right of ways, brushland, occasionally yards with foodplants.. Larval host plants include genera Rhus, Croton, and Myrica. Adults are seen mostly in the open and on edges in spring but are very commonly encountered in deep shade in forest in hot summer weather (observations by D. Schweitzer in New Jersey). Adults commonly visit gardens.
Non-Migrant: No. All populations of this species make significant seasonal migrations.
Locally Migrant: No. No populations of this species make local extended movements (generally less than 200 km) at particular times of the year (e.g., to breeding or wintering grounds, to hibernation sites).
Locally Migrant: No. No populations of this species make annual migrations of over 200 km.
Flowering Plants Visited by Calycopis cecrops in Illinois
(observations are from Fothergill & Vaughn; this butterfly is the Red-Banded Hairstreak)
Asteraceae: Erigeron philadelphicus sn (FV); Polygonaceae: Persicaria hydropiperoides sn (FV)
Number of Occurrences
Note: For many non-migratory species, occurrences are roughly equivalent to populations.
Estimated Number of Occurrences: 81 to >300
10,000 to >1,000,000 individuals
Life History and Behavior
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Calycopis cecrops
Below is the sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species.
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Other sequences that do not yet meet barcode criteria may also be available.
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Calycopis cecrops
Public Records: 1
Specimens with Barcodes: 21
Species With Barcodes: 1
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: N5 - Secure
NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded Global Status Rank: G5 - Secure
Reasons: Widespread-adapted to disturbed habitats.
Degree of Threat: D : Unthreatened throughout its range, communities may be threatened in minor portions of the range or degree of variation falls within natural variation
The red-banded hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops) is a butterfly native to the southeastern United States. It feeds on fallen leaves of sumac species and other trees. Its size ranges from 0.9–1.25 inches (23–32 mm). It lives near coastal areas and edges.
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