Great Purple Hairstreak (Cressler)

Great Purple Hairstreak

Detailed Description

The great purple hairstreak is the only butterfly in the United States that feeds on American mistletoe, the Christmas mistletoe. This beautiful butterfly lays its eggs on the mistletoe, where the resulting caterpillars thrive on a mistletoe diet.  Photo courtesy of Alan Cressler, USGS


Image Dimensions: 4288 x 3112

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