Attributes of Euphilotes rita

Rita Dotted-Blue
Euphilotes rita (Barnes & McDunnough, 1916)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Polyommatinae
Identification: Upperside of male bright lilac-blue with dark medium-wide borders; corner of hindwing has a small orange patch and small marginal spots. Upperside of female brown with broad orange marginal band. Underside of both sexes off-white with distinct black spots; orange band on hindwing margin continuous.
Wing Span: 11/16 - 7/8 inches (1.7 - 2.2 cm).
Life History: Rita Dotted-Blues stay near their host plants. Males patrol around the plants all day to find females. Eggs are laid singly on flowers of the host. Caterpillars feed on flowers and fruits, and are tended by ants.
Flight: One flight from July to late September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Wild buckwheat species including Wright\'s buckwheat, Effuse Buckwheat, and others.
Adult Food: Nectar from Eriogonum flowers.
Habitat: Arid areas such as desert foothills and shortgrass prairie.
Range: Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. Also found in northern Mexico.
Conservation: Some populations are of concern because of limited habitat or threats to habitats.
NCGR: G3, G4 - Very rare or local throughout its range or found locally in a restricted range OR Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery. Some subspecies are T2 or T2,T3.
Management Needs: Maintain habitat integrity. Monitor invasion by exotic weeds, cattle grazing [removal of cattle grazing may be detrimental], and disruption by off-road vehicles.
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June 27, 2013 jgiroux Larimer County, Colorado, United States February 12, 2014 Details
August 10, 2013 joeschelling Santa Fe County, New Mexico, United States August 12, 2013 Details
September 03, 2012 Gary Jue Pima County, Arizona, United States December 02, 2012 Details
September 03, 2012 Gary Jue Pima County, Arizona, United States December 02, 2012 Details
December 06, 1997 legacy.reporter (Kilian Roever) Yavapai County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 17, 2004 John Saba (John Saba) Pima County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 20, 1978 legacy.reporter (Oakley Shields) Coconino County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2012 Details
August 23, 1997 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Yavapai County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
August 30, 1967 legacy.reporter (J. Emmel & O. Shields) Coconino County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
September 01, 1953 legacy.reporter (unknown) Cochise County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
August 16, 1974 legacy.reporter (G. S. Forbes) Apache County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
August 17, 2009 legacy.reporter (Janet Chu) Boulder County, Colorado, United States October 19, 2009 Details
August 07, 2009 legacy.reporter (Janet Chu) Boulder County, Colorado, United States August 28, 2009 Details
August 13, 2009 paulopler (Paul Opler) Emery County, Utah, United States August 28, 2009 Details
August 14, 2009 paulopler (Paul Opler) Grand County, Utah, United States August 28, 2009 Details
September 17, 2004 John Saba (John Saba) Pima County, Arizona, United States January 28, 2009 Details
December 06, 1997 legacy.reporter (Kilian Roever) Yavapai County, Arizona, United States January 28, 2009 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Navajo County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
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