Attributes of Eumaeus toxea

Mexican Cycadian
Eumaeus toxea (Godart, [1824])

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: Abdomen upperside is black, below is red-orange. Upper surface of wing black covered with iridescent blue. Underside black; hindwing with rows of iridescent blue spots and one red-orange spot.
Wing Span: 1 1/4 - 2 inches (3.2 - 5.1 cm).
Life History: Eggs are laid in groups of 3-8 under new leaves of host. Young caterpillars feed on the outer layer of the leaf.
Flight: Many flights in Mexico, from April-December.
Caterpillar Hosts: Cycads.
Adult Food: Not reported. May include bird droppings.
Habitat: Tropical woodland.
Range: Honduras north to Mexico. Rare in South Texas, one stray to Florida.
Conservation: Not necessary for rare stray.
NCGR: GU - Unable to assign rank due to lack of available information.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
February 12, 2014 janazak Quintana Roo, Mexico April 21, 2014 Details
February 15, 2014 janazak Quintana Roo, Mexico April 03, 2014 Details
February 13, 2014 holzmann Toledo District, Belize March 02, 2014 Details
February 04, 2013 fm5050 Cayo District, Belize November 11, 2013 Details
March 16, 2013 K Stilwell Cayo District, Belize July 09, 2013 Details
March 01, 2011 Walt Webb Belize District, Belize May 01, 2013 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sinaloa, Mexico December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Tamaulipas, Mexico December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Nuevo Leon, Mexico December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Blanco County, Texas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Hidalgo County, Texas, United States December 31, 2004 Details