Juniper Hairstreak Butterfly

Juniper Hairstreak Butterfly Coloration, Characteristics and Size

The Juniper Hairstreak butterfly (Callophrys gryneus) ranges from Texas to Florida to New England, and into the western U.S. as well.

It is also known as the Olive Hairstreak or Olive Juniper Hairstreak.

This small butterfly is dark brown or green above, with lighter rust-colored patches. The hindwings beneath are green, with two white marks near the base, along with a white line edged inwardly with reddish brown. The life span is about one week. It overwinters as a chrysalis.

Its wingspan is in the 0.75" - 1.25" range.

Host plants include Junipers and Eastern Red Cedars.

Juniper Hairstreak Butterfly Life Cycle Stages and Times

Stage Typical Duration
Egg stage 4 to 6 days
Caterpillar (larval) stage 3 to 4 weeks
Chrysalis (pupal) stage 10 to 20 days
Adult butterfly stage 4 to 10 days

 

Photos of Juniper Hairstreak Butterflies

Juniper Hairstreak Butterfly on Milkweed
Juniper Hairstreak Butterfly
Juniper Hairstreak Butterfly on Dianthus
Juniper Hairstreak Butterfly