This Hairstreak was not listed as a resident of Knox County in "Butterflies and Skippers of Ohio", but we now know that it does occur here. It tends to spend most of it's time in the forests where hickories and oaks are present, but comes into open areas to feed on nectar. Here it is seen visiting yarrow. It is reported to visit Canada thistle, common milkweed, dogbane and wild carrot for nectar. All of these species are common along forest edges in Knox County.
The Hickory Hairstreak is similar in appearance to the Banded Hairstreak and could be easily overlooked. The easiest way to distinguish the two species is to compare them side-by-side.
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