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Species Hemiargus ceraunus - Ceraunus Blue - Hodges#4359

Ceraunus Blue Butterfly - Hemiargus ceraunus - male Ceraunus Blue - Hemiargus ceraunus - male butterfly - Hemiargus ceraunus - male Which Blue is this? - Hemiargus ceraunus - male Blue - Hemiargus ceraunus - female Little butterfly  - Hemiargus ceraunus Hemiargus isola ? - Hemiargus ceraunus Ceraunus Blue  - Hemiargus ceraunus
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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
Wingspan 20 - 30 mm
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).



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


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