Regal hairstreak

Wing span:

Identification: The wings are dark brown on the upperside with white fringe. The forewings have an iridescent blue-green tint from mid to base; this occurs from subapex to base in males. The hindwings have an iridescent blue-green tint except at the apex, subapex, margins and submargins. The dorsum is whitish. The hindwings have a bright red tornal ocellus (which appears larger in females) and an additional dark brown tornal ocellus in females. The hindwings also have two tail-like projections near the tornus. The underside of the wings is iridescent lime green, except from mid to dorsum of the forewings which is light brown. The termenal margins are dark brown on the underside. The forewings have a short dark brown band, bordered on the outer side by a thin white line. The hindwings have a broad central oblique band consisting of the following moving from base to termen: a thin black line, a green band, a very thin black band, a broad red band, and a broad whitish outer edge that appears speckled. The body is iridescent blue-green on the upperside and iridescent lime green on the underside. 




Larval food plantManilkara chicle (Warren et al., 2013)

Adult food:

Reported from: Halcrow (Region 6), Kaieteur (Region 8)