Attributes of Lasaia sula

Blue Metalmark
Lasaia sula Staudinger, 1888

Family: Riodinidae
Subfamily: Riodininae
Identification: Male metallic blue-green above; female checkered gray with black spots.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 1/4 inches (2.2 - 3.2 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: April-December in South Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Albizia in the pea family (Fabaceae).
Adult Food: Not reported.
Habitat: Open subtropical forests and edges, agricultural areas.
Range: Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas south to Honduras.
Conservation: Not required for periodic stray and occasional resident.
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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Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
September 12, 2011 Marta Rubio Texeira Yucatan, Mexico November 17, 2012 Details
November 03, 2003 Wanda Smith (Wanda Smith) Cameron County, Texas, United States August 10, 2009 Details
October 25, 2007 Gary Jue (Gary Jue) Texas, Starr County, United States July 24, 2009 Details
March 07, 2002 legacy.reporter (North American Butterfly Association (NABA) of South Texas)) Cameron County, Texas, United States January 29, 2007 Details
October 07, 2004 legacy.reporter (North American Butterfly Association (NABA) of South Texas)) Texas, Starr County, United States January 29, 2007 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 Hidalgo County, Texas, United States December 31, 2004 Details