Calycopis cecrops

Common Names: Red-banded hairstreak
Category: Insects
Sub-category: Butterflies

Its size ranges from 23 to 32 mm. Underside of both wings is dark grey with a red band crossing postmedian (ie more towards the back edge of the wing than the body). Above, some bright blue is visible in flight. Metallic blue scales above indicate the female.

Found in woodland openings and edges, sandy fields near coastal areas and edges. It feeds on fallen leaves of sumac species and other trees.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.