Attributes of Brephidium exilis

Western Pygmy-Blue
Brephidium exilis (Boisduval, 1852)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Polyommatinae
Identification: Tiny. Upperside copper brown with dull blue at the bases of both wings. Underside of hindwing is copper brown with white at the base; fringe mostly white; 3 small black spots near base; row of black spots at outer margin.
Wing Span: 1/2 - 3/4 inch (1.2 - 2 cm).
Life History: Males patrol over the host plants all day to find receptive females. Females lay eggs all over the host but particularly on the uppersides of leaves. Caterpillars eat all parts of the plant. Chrysalids hibernate.
Flight: July-September in the north, all year in South Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Pigweed (Chenopodium album), saltbush species (Atriplex), and others in the goosefoot family (Chenopodiaceae).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Alkaline areas such as deserts, salt marshes, and wasteland.
Range: Common. Central California east to southern Nevada, central Arizona, central New Mexico, and west Texas. South through southern California, Baja California, and Mexico to Venezuela. Migrates to Arkansas, Nebraska, and Oregon.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
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June 11, 2016 ncrosbyrd Kern County, California, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 05, 2016 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States July 06, 2016 Details
June 12, 2016 John Wilson Socorro County, New Mexico, United States July 01, 2016 Details
May 26, 2016 ezeemonee Santa Barbara County, California, United States May 28, 2016 Details
May 22, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States May 24, 2016 Details
April 14, 2016 SaunieInDiego San Diego County, California, United States April 17, 2016 Details
October 01, 2015 John Wilson Socorro County, New Mexico, United States April 01, 2016 Details
March 22, 2016 ezeemonee Santa Barbara County, California, United States March 27, 2016 Details
February 27, 2016 MAKI Ventura County, California, United States February 29, 2016 Details
February 14, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States February 15, 2016 Details
October 09, 2015 Scott E. Severs Boulder County, Colorado, United States November 13, 2015 Details
September 24, 2015 Christian.Nunes Boulder County, Colorado, United States November 09, 2015 Details
October 28, 2015 MAKI Santa Barbara County, California, United States November 03, 2015 Details
November 01, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States November 02, 2015 Details
November 01, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States November 02, 2015 Details
March 23, 2015 SaunieInDiego San Diego County, California, United States November 02, 2015 Details
September 19, 2015 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States September 20, 2015 Details
June 06, 2013 Martin and Sara Harris County, Texas, United States September 15, 2015 Details
September 02, 2009 Martin and Sara Chambers County, Texas, United States September 15, 2015 Details
June 16, 2013 Martin and Sara Galveston County, Texas, United States September 15, 2015 Details
September 11, 2015 ezeemonee Santa Barbara County, California, United States September 12, 2015 Details
September 04, 2015 ezeemonee Santa Barbara County, California, United States September 05, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 Selwyn Quan Santa Clara County, California, United States July 14, 2015 Details
July 03, 2015 John Wilson Socorro County, New Mexico, United States July 10, 2015 Details
October 18, 2014 Nancy Asquith Santa Clara County, California, United States June 24, 2015 Details
May 30, 2015 Sparks7 Yavapai County, Arizona, United States June 12, 2015 Details
November 09, 2014 ncrosbyrd Hidalgo County, Texas, United States May 30, 2015 Details
April 19, 2015 starmans Lincoln County, Nevada, United States April 20, 2015 Details
April 03, 2015 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States April 04, 2015 Details
October 03, 2014 Kristie Nelson San Francisco County, California, United States April 01, 2015 Details
March 16, 2015 ezeemonee Santa Barbara County, California, United States March 20, 2015 Details
March 08, 2015 ezeemonee Kern County, California, United States March 09, 2015 Details
February 24, 2015 MAKI Ventura County, California, United States February 25, 2015 Details
February 06, 2015 ezeemonee Santa Barbara County, California, United States February 07, 2015 Details
December 29, 2014 treichard San Diego County, California, United States January 02, 2015 Details
October 08, 2014 KristyBaker Cameron County, Texas, United States December 28, 2014 Details
September 28, 2014 opiliones Clark County, Nevada, United States December 02, 2014 Details
August 22, 2014 MAKI Inyo County, California, United States September 03, 2014 Details
January 25, 2010 Robert Epstein Texas, United States, Webb County August 27, 2014 Details
August 07, 2014 Nancy Hamlett Los Angeles County, California, United States August 11, 2014 Details
August 05, 2014 MAKI Santa Barbara County, California, United States August 09, 2014 Details
July 30, 2014 John Wilson Socorro County, New Mexico, United States July 31, 2014 Details
June 21, 2014 dishatto Los Angeles County, California, United States June 23, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 cfleeman San Diego County, California, United States June 14, 2014 Details
May 28, 2014 Samuel Grijalva Solano County, California, United States May 29, 2014 Details
November 07, 2013 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States December 15, 2013 Details
October 06, 2013 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States December 04, 2013 Details
November 24, 2013 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States November 26, 2013 Details
November 17, 2013 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States November 20, 2013 Details
November 16, 2013 Kservais Dona Ana County, New Mexico, United States November 17, 2013 Details