New York Natural Heritage Program
Red-banded Hairstreak
Calycopis cecrops (Fabricius, 1793)
Insects

Habitat [-]
On Long Island these butterflies are primarily found in and around scrub oak forest and edges, but also in hammocks, fields, right of ways, brushland, and occasionally yards with foodplants. Adults are seen mostly in the open and on edges of scrub oak forest but can be encountered in shadier situations in hotter weather. Adults commonly visit gardens (NatureServe 2009). This hairstreak is most common in successional old fields with thick vegetation and in hammocks behind coastal dunes (Opler and Krizek 1984).


Associated Ecological Communities [-]
  • Coastal oak-heath forest
    A low diversity, large patch to matrix, hardwood forest that typically occurs on dry, well-drained, sandy soils of glacial outwash plains or moraines of the Atlantic Coastal Plain. The forest is usually codominated by two or more species of scarlet oak, white oak, and black oak.
  • Coastal oak-hickory forest
    A hardwood forest with oaks and hickories codominant that occurs in dry, well-drained, loamy sand of knolls, upper slopes, or south-facing slopes of glacial moraines of the Atlantic Coastal Plain.
  • Coastal oak-laurel forest
    A large patch low diversity hardwood forest with broadleaf canopy and evergreen subcanopy that typically occurs on dry, well-drained, sandy and gravelly soils of morainal hills of the Atlantic Coastal Plain. The dominant tree is typically scarlet oak. The shrub layer is well-developed typically with a tall, often nearly continuous cover of the evergreen heath, mountain laurel.
  • Mowed lawn
    Residential, recreational, or commercial land, or unpaved airport runways in which the groundcover is dominated by clipped grasses and there is less than 30% cover of trees. Ornamental and/or native shrubs may be present, usually with less than 50% cover. The groundcover is maintained by mowing and broadleaf herbicide application.
  • Pitch pine-oak forest
    A mixed forest that typically occurs on well-drained, sandy soils of glacial outwash plains or moraines; it also occurs on thin, rocky soils of ridgetops. The dominant trees are pitch pine mixed with one or more of the following oaks: scarlet oak, white oak, red oak, or black oak.

Associated Species [-]
  • Edwards' Hairstreak (Satyrium edwardsii)
  • Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus)
  • Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)