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Whats this beautiful bug?
Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Great Purple Hairstreak

Great Purple Hairstreak

I have been loving your site for a few years now. So,let me make this short…what is this? Moth?Thanks for your help.
Myra in Ft Polk, La
Fort Polk,LA

Great Purple Hairstreak

Great Purple Hairstreak

Dear Myra,
How lucky are you??? You have witnessed a newly metamorphosed Great Purple Hairstreak, Atlides halesus, expand its wings. This Gossamer Wing is a southern species. According to BugGuide, the “Larvae feed on mistletoe, live oak, western sycamore, and desert ironwood.” Thanks so much for your kind compliment. We hope our humble site has brought a new appreciation for the smaller things in life to many of our readers.

Great Purple Hairstreak

Great Purple Hairstreak

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

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