|Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)
Family: Blues, Coppers, Hairstreaks, Elfins (Lycaenidae)
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As with other hairstreaks, the tails and eyespots on the hind wings resemble a head. Movement of the tails is believed to attract a predator's attention away from the vital areas.
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This species could be undergoing a slight range expansion in New York. It is sometimes found at relatively high abundance and it has been found at numerous locales along coastal New York. Because it appears to be a generalist, occupying heavily urbanized areas and feeding on a variety of common food sources in both the adult and caterpillar stage, threats to the viability of populations are unclear at this time. It is likely that this species will be removed from the active tracking list in the future.
Glassberg (1993) and Cech and Tudor (2005) stated that this species was expanding northward, and although it is sometimes reported in modest numbers around New York City (Fiore and Wallstrom 2003-2006), there does not appear to be a sustained ongoing range expansion farther north in New York in recent years and the current range is similar to that shown in Shapiro (1974).
This species extended its range northward and colonized metropolitan New York City sometime after 1950 and became locally common in lowland areas (Shaprio and Shapiro 1973).