Attributes of Hemiargus ceraunus

Ceraunus Blue
Hemiargus ceraunus (Fabricius, 1793)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Polyommatinae
Identification: Upperside of male light blue with a darker narrow border; female dark brown, often with wing bases blue. Underside gray; both wings with a row of dark postmedian dashes. Florida butterflies have one submarginal eyespot on hindwing; Southwest butterflies have two.
Wing Span: 3/4 - 1 1/8 inches (2 - 3 cm).
Life History: Males patrol during warm hours of the day for receptive females. Eggs are laid singly on flower buds or leaves of host plant; caterpillars feed on flowers and seedpods.
Flight: Throughout the year in Texas and south Florida, late summer in other parts of its range.
Caterpillar Hosts: A variety of woody legumes including partridge pea (Cassia brachiata), mesquite (Prosopis species), and rosary pea (Abrus precatorius).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Open woodland, desert scrub, dunes, pastures, road edges, and vacant lots.
Range: U. S. Southwest, South Texas, Florida and the Keys south through the West Indies, Mexico, and Central America to South America. Strays to North Carolina, Missouri, Kansas, and Nevada.
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.
Taxonomy Notes:

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October 22, 2013 fitzclarke@bellsouth.net Chatham County, Georgia, United States February 13, 2014 Details
January 25, 2014 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States January 28, 2014 Details
January 11, 2014 BabcockWebb Collier County, Florida, United States January 17, 2014 Details
January 12, 2014 BabcockWebb Collier County, Florida, United States January 17, 2014 Details
November 19, 2013 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States January 17, 2014 Details
November 17, 2013 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States January 15, 2014 Details
December 14, 2013 plex1ppus Lee County, Florida, United States January 11, 2014 Details
December 22, 2013 jim5 St Lucie County, Florida, United States January 11, 2014 Details
November 04, 2013 LLJohnson Dominican Republic December 16, 2013 Details
November 11, 2013 Jeff Trahan Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States December 02, 2013 Details
November 26, 2013 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States November 27, 2013 Details
November 26, 2013 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States November 27, 2013 Details
November 09, 2013 Gary The Villages Sumter County, Florida, United States November 20, 2013 Details
November 17, 2013 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States November 18, 2013 Details
October 11, 2013 Jeff Trahan Bossier Parish, Louisiana, United States October 30, 2013 Details
November 12, 2011 rob77897@gmail.com Pinellas County, Florida, United States October 30, 2013 Details
October 27, 2013 Gary L. Spicer Hunt County, Texas, United States October 30, 2013 Details
October 20, 2013 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States October 27, 2013 Details
October 21, 2013 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States October 27, 2013 Details
September 24, 2013 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States September 25, 2013 Details
August 25, 2012 Lois Stacey Georgetown County, South Carolina, United States September 10, 2013 Details
December 09, 2012 Shirley Wilkerson Brazos County, Texas, United States August 02, 2013 Details
June 20, 2013 awhite369 Sarasota County, Florida, United States June 25, 2013 Details
June 08, 2013 LMurrell Polk County, Florida, United States June 25, 2013 Details
June 17, 2013 daniel_flores91 Hidalgo County, Texas, United States June 17, 2013 Details
January 01, 2013 LLJohnson Dominican Republic April 16, 2013 Details
December 01, 2012 jrfleullan Macon County, Georgia, United States April 15, 2013 Details
January 11, 2013 jrfleullan Glynn County, Georgia, United States April 15, 2013 Details
November 17, 2012 jeffmci9 Texas, Travis County, United States March 20, 2013 Details
February 08, 2013 suedavies28 Orange County, Florida, United States March 09, 2013 Details
September 16, 2012 wntrhawk Wakulla County, Florida, United States February 11, 2013 Details
October 03, 2010 Doug Taron Veracruz-Llave, Mexico January 29, 2013 Details
December 02, 2012 Gary L. Spicer Ellis County, Texas, United States January 04, 2013 Details
January 23, 2012 JeanEvoy De Soto County, Florida, United States January 02, 2013 Details
November 18, 2012 swittwa Sarasota County, Florida, United States January 02, 2013 Details
November 18, 2012 swittwa Sarasota County, Florida, United States January 02, 2013 Details
November 07, 2012 jgiroux Texas, Travis County, United States December 27, 2012 Details
October 10, 2012 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 09, 2012 Details
July 26, 1983 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) White Pine County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 11, 1983 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Nye County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
June 04, 1992 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Esmeralda County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
June 04, 1992 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Nye County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
June 04, 1992 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Nye County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
October 10, 1994 legacy.reporter (Ray Stanford) Greenlee County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 13, 1996 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Pima County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 20, 1996 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Pima County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 29, 2007 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Pima County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
April 04, 1977 legacy.reporter (C. S. Lawson) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
December 12, 1977 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
June 13, 1977 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details