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Species Ministrymon azia - Gray Ministreak - Hodges#4293

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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 Theclinae (Hairstreaks)
Tribe Eumaeini
Genus Ministrymon (Ministreaks)
Species azia (Gray Ministreak - Hodges#4293)
Hodges Number
4293
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ministrymon azia (Hewitson)
Orig. Comb: Thecla azia Hewitson, 1873
Identification
Very small size (wingspan 0.75 inches or less), "grizzled" or "pebbly" appearance, pale gray underwings except for marginal line and tailspots
Range
TX, FL, AZ (stray) / W. Indies / Mex to S. Amer. - Map - MPG
in 1970's colonized south Florida and the Keys.
Habitat
subtropical thornscrub
Season
Mar-Dec in TX, FL, stray to AZ - MPG
Food
Adults feed on nectar. Larval host plants include Soft-leaf Mimosa (Mimosa malacophylla) in Texas, Lead-tree (Leucaena leucocephala) and Wild Tamarind (Lysiloma bahamensis) in Florida; caterpillars feed on flower buds.
Life Cycle
1. Caterpillar       2. Pupa
See Also
- Range: TX / Mex. to S. Amer.
Vicroy's Ministreak - Ministrymon janevicroy Glassberg, 2013
Print References
Kaufman, Field Guide to Butterflies of North America
Wauer, Butterflies of the Lower Rio Grande Valley
Garwood and Lehman, Butterflies of Northeastern Mexico