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Species Hemiargus ceraunus - Ceraunus Blue - Hodges#4359

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Lycaenidae (Blues, Coppers, Hairstreaks, Harvesters)
Subfamily Polyommatinae (Blues)
Genus Hemiargus
Species ceraunus (Ceraunus Blue - Hodges#4359)
Hodges Number
4359
Size
Wingspan 20 - 30 mm
Identification
Two prominent black spots on leading edge of hindwing, below. One or more prominent large eyepots along the outer edge of hindwing (regional variations - southeastern ones seem to have one, southwestern ones, two).

Southeastern:


Southwestern:


Upperside blue (males) or brown with blue edge (females).

Female:


Male:
Range
Southeastern and southwestern states. Year-round in FL and TX, ranging northwards in warmer months.
Food
Larvae feed on woody legumes (pea family, Fabaceae).
Internet References
Butterflies and Moths of North America species description and map of confirmed county records.