Oak Hairstreak Satyrium favonius

Another in the cluster of brownish, white-barred hairstreaks. Formerly called the Southern Hairstreak. Caterpillar eats oak leaves as per several hairstreak species. Soapberry is the only very close species and it is rarely found east of Oklahoma. No definite record for Arkansas yet though the host plant occurs here. It has a forward white bar on both hind and fore wing. The small white spot on the hindwing of this Oak is variable. This hairstreak loves Dogbane, Apocynum, and Privet, Forestiera, blooms (as below) in spring. Look for them there.

Southern form which occurs in Florida and coastal Georgia. Shot from Eric.