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Martial Scrub-Hairstreak
Strymon martialis

Copyright by: Beryn Harty

Small butterfly with a wingspan up to 1-3/8 inches. The upperside is black in color with some blue patches. The underside has a bold white postmedian line on both the forewing and hindwing and a large, blurry submarginal orange eyespot. The hindwing has one long tail and one short tail. The small, sluglike green caterpillar has short hairs.
South Florida, Florida Keys, West Indies
 Map of native range by ZIP code north to Indian River and Manatee counties.
Distribution and Abundance in Florida:
Locally uncommon to locally common in South Florida all year; locally uncommon all year in the Keys.
Shrubby, sunny coastal areas and edges of tropical hammocks.
Three or more broods per year.
Young caterpillars feed mostly on the flower buds and new leaves of host plants. Older caterpillars can feed on older leaves, flowers and fruits. Native larval host plants include baycedar (Suriana maritima) and Florida trema (Trema micranthum). Native nectar plants include jack-in-the-bush (Chromolaena odorata), narrowleaf yellowtops (Flaveria linearis), sea-lavender (Tournefortia gnaphalodes)and wild-sage (Lantana involucrata) and the weedy native Spanish-needles (Bidens alba var. radiata).
For more information, visit Butterflies and Moths of North America, and Butterflies of Cuba.

Copyright by: Beryn Harty

Copyright by: Beryn Harty

Copyright by: Beryn Harty

Copyright by: Beryn Harty

Copyright by: Beryn Harty, 2016.
Egg on necklace pod.

Copyright by: Beryn Harty, 2018.
Caterpillar on necklace pod.

Copyright by: Beryn Harty, 2018.

Copyright by: Beryn Harty, 2018.

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