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Butterflies of Cuba
Hewitson's Hairstreak
Strymon columella  FABRICIUS, 1793
Family - LYCAENIDAE
subfamily - THECLINAE
Tribe -
subtribe -
Strymon columella, Guaos, nr Cienfuegos, Cuba   Peter Bruce-Jones
Introduction
Vernacular English names can be very confusing - a quick web-search revealed that this attractive species is known by a number of different names including Columella Hairstreak, Mallow Hairstreak, Mallow Scrub Hairstreak, Columella Scrub Hairstreak, Modest Hairstreak, Hewitson's Hairstreak and Dotted Hairstreak, so we can be thankful for scientific names, although even these tend to change quite frequently as new information about the relationships between taxa is discovered !
Habitats
Smith, Miller & Miller note that this species seems to benefit from land disturbance, being "most frequently seen in fields, along roadsides, and in places where weeds are taking over tracts of cleared land". It is seldom seen in woodland or forest. Hernandez describes the butterfly as being associated with grassy areas.
Lifecycle
The larval foodplants, both in Cuba and North America are herbaceous Malvaceae species including Abutilon, Sida and Hibiscus.
Adult behaviour
To be completed.
Strymon columella, Cuba   Peter Bruce-Jones
 

 

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