Hessel’s Hairstreak

Species Name: Callophrys hesseli

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Species Distribution in Massachusetts


Federal Rank: None

Massachusetts State Rank: Special Concern

Habitat Description

Atlantic white cedar swamps and associated shrub swamps and bogs.

Threats to Survival

Habitat loss, hydrologic alteration that disrupts the natural seasonal flooding of its habitat, invasive species, introduced general parasitoids, aerial insecticide spraying, clear-cut timber harvest and excessive deer browse of Atlantic white cedar.

Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival

Limit the effect human development has on their habitat.