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Pomegranate hairstreak – LEPIDOPTERA LIBANOTICA

Pomegranate hairstreak

Deudorix livia livia

A distinctive hairstreak with a wingspan of 30-40 mm, males a shiny coppery-red while females reddish-brown with bluish patches, both with prominent tails. Also called the “pomegranate playboy,” this hairstreak lives in a variety of habitats, especially farmland, pomegranate orchards, and roadsides along the coast. The main host plant of this butterfly is the pomegranate tree (Punica granatum), but also loquat (Eriobotrya japonica), popinac (Acacia farnesiana), and species of garlic (Allium spp.). This migratory species flies all throughout the year, the flight is very fast and direct.



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