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Parrhasius m-album


Florida native


A small butterfly of hardwood forests throughout much of the Eastern United States.
The upperside of the white-m hairstreak is irridescent blue framed in black. The underside is grayish-brown with a postmedian white line edged in black and forming the namesake 'M' near the tail.
The main host plant is the live oak, along with other oaks. These butterflies feed on a wide variety of nectar plants.
White-m hairstreak at Butterflies and Moths of North America

Parrhasius m-album is a member of the Lycaenidae - Gossamer-winged Butterflies family.

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   Jeffrey Glassberg; Marc C. Minno; John V. Calhoun
 A field, finding and gardening guide to the butterflies of Florida

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Bugguide.net info page for this species

Date record last modified:
May 08, 2018

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