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Species Rekoa marius - Marius Hairstreak - Hodges#4296

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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 Rekoa
Species marius (Marius Hairstreak - Hodges#4296)
Hodges Number
4296
Identification
Extremely similar to Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) but with gray eyes
Range
South Texas south to Paraguay
Habitat
Disturbed areas, gardens
Season
Fall and early winter in Texas, probably year-round in Mexico
Food
Adults feed on flower nectar. Caterpillars eat foliage of a variety of species including certain legumes and the families Verbenaceae and Malphigiaceae. In Texas found on Duranta sp.
Life Cycle
Larvae apparently tended by ants
Print References
Wauer, Roland H. "Butterflies of the Lower Rio Grande Valley" Boulder CO: Johnson Books, 2004.
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