New York Natural Heritage Program
White-m Hairstreak
Parrhasius m-album (Boisduval and Le Conte, [1833]) (1793)
Insects
White M Hairstreak (Parrhasius m-album) Jeffrey Pippen
Family: Blues, Coppers, Hairstreaks, Elfins (Lycaenidae)

State Protection: Not Listed
The species is not listed or protected by New York State.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: SU
A State Rarity Rank of SU means: Unrankable.

Global Rarity Rank: G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G5 means: Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.


Did you know?
The rarely seen metallic blue color on the dorsal surface of the wings is thought to play a role in sexual selection (Sourakov 2008).

State Ranking Justification [-]
Although this species seems to have expanded its range, it nevertheless is always found in very low numbers and has been found at only a few locations confined to extreme southeastern New York. Population abundance is known to vary widely from year to year. 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 not certain that this species will remain on the active tracking list in the future.

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