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     Satyrium tetra
     Mountain Mahogany Hairstreak


Size: wingspread 1-1.25 in.
Recognition: Gray to brown; tailed (short on male).
Flight period: Adults are active from June to early August.
Hostplants: The larvae feed on Mountain-mahogany (Cercocarpus betuloides), an evergreen shrub in Rosaceae.
Habitat: They are found in scrubby foothill and mountain areas, especially where Mountain-mahoganies are present. Also a frequenter of wild buckwheat flowers (Eriogonum fasciculatum).
Distribution: They are found from southern Oregon south, through western California. They are present in the foothill forests of southern California.

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