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Habitat for the Great Purple Hairstreak

A. halesus - pairAnother view of the habitat for the Great Purple Hairstreak butterfly (Atlides halesus estesi). This photo was taken at the bottom of the canyon in the previous picture. Notice the yellow bushes of Scale-broom (Lepidospartum squamatum), which is their preferred nectar source in this area. Also, if you look closely you can see clumps of mistletoe, their larval foodplant, in the sycamore trees. This year I caught many halesus in the month of September.

The white plant in the lower left corner is the larval foodplant of the American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis). Does anybody know the name of that plant?

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