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22 November 2022 Survey and Habitat Assessment of King's Hairstreak (Satyrium kingi) in Maryland Coastal Plain Forests
Connor Morningred, Brittany Grubb, Dana L. Price, Jennifer A. Selfridge
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Abstract

We surveyed for caterpillars and adults of King's Hairstreak, Satyrium kingi (Klots and Clench, 1952), a globally vulnerable species found along the Atlantic Coastal Plain. Surveys were conducted at three study sites with abundant Symplocos tinctoria (L.) L'Hér. (Family: Symplocaceae), the caterpillar host plant. We found caterpillars at only one site using UV LED flashlights and adults at two of the three sites. Mating was not observed, and eggs were not found. We discuss observations of S. kingi adults and caterpillars, management of our study sites, data from habitat assessments, and recommendations for further study of S. kingi.

Connor Morningred, Brittany Grubb, Dana L. Price, and Jennifer A. Selfridge "Survey and Habitat Assessment of King's Hairstreak (Satyrium kingi) in Maryland Coastal Plain Forests," The Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 76(4), 247-255, (22 November 2022). https://doi.org/10.18473/lepi.76i4.a3
Received: 27 April 2022; Accepted: 20 July 2022; Published: 22 November 2022
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KEYWORDS
caterpillar
host plant
prescribed fire
Symplocos tinctoria
UV flashlight
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