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Shumard oak & Banded Hairstreak

May 17, 2022


Shumard oak (Quercus shumardii) is a large tree that grows well in both urban and natural settings.

Like most oaks, Shumard oak has deeply lobed, characteristic “oak” leaves and produces acorns as fruit that are enjoyed by all walks of wildlife.

Shumard oak is one of many trees, including hickories (Carya sp.) and walnuts (Juglans sp.) that serves as a host plant for the Banded Hairstreak butterfly. In fact, it is a host plant for a number of different butterfly species as well. Forest canopies are one of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth and many butterflies depend on tall trees like this one to provide nutritious, leafy-green food and plenty of protective cover amongst the thousands of leaves for their caterpillars.

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