Attributes of Leptotes cassius

Cassius Blue
Leptotes cassius (Cramer, 1775)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Polyommatinae
Identification: Upperside of males pale blue; females with white patches. Underside tan with broken pale lines; forewing inner margin has "blank" areas with no spots.
Wing Span: 3/4 - 1 3/8 inches (2 - 3.5 cm).
Life History: Eggs are laid singly on flower buds of the host plant; caterpillars eat flowers and seedpods. Predation and parasitism may be discouraged by ants, which tend the caterpillars and feed on their sugary secretions.
Flight: All through the year in southern Florida and South Texas. Number of broods has not been determined.
Caterpillar Hosts: Ornamental leadwort (Plumbago capensis), rattlebox (Crotalaria incana), hairy milk pea (Galactia volubilis), and lima bean (Phaseolus limensis). Larva has been reared on the crenulate lead plant, Amorpha crenulata.
Adult Food: Nectar from shepherd's needle, lippia, and many other flowers.
Habitat: Subtropical thorn scrub, forest edges, weedy fields, residential areas.
Range: Florida and the Keys; Texas south through the West Indies, Mexico, and Central America to South America. Strays to New Mexico, Kansas, Missouri, and South Carolina.
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:

Images of Leptotes cassius

Click on an image to view full size and to see additional details.


Leptotes cassius - cassiusmmsm4111.jpg

Leptotes cassius - cassiusmmsm4111.jpg
Leptotes cassius - cassiusmmsm5086.jpg

Leptotes cassius - cassiusmmsm5086.jpg
Leptotes cassius - cassiusmmsm4956.jpg

Leptotes cassius - cassiusmmsm4956.jpg
Leptotes cassius - cassiusmmsm5000.jpg

Leptotes cassius - cassiusmmsm5000.jpg
Leptotes cassius - cassiusmmsm3604.jpg

Leptotes cassius - cassiusmmsm3604.jpg
Leptotes cassius - cassiusmmsm3029.jpg

Leptotes cassius - cassiusmmsm3029.jpg
Leptotes cassius - cassiusmmsm3053.jpg

Leptotes cassius - cassiusmmsm3053.jpg
Leptotes cassius - Leptotes_cassius.jpg

Leptotes cassius - Leptotes_cassius.jpg
Leptotes cassius - 03708.jpg

Leptotes cassius - 03708.jpg
Leptotes cassius - 03721.jpg

Leptotes cassius - 03721.jpg
Leptotes cassius - 03762.jpg

Leptotes cassius - 03762.jpg
Leptotes cassius - 03831.jpg

Leptotes cassius - 03831.jpg
Leptotes cassius - 03889.jpg

Leptotes cassius - 03889.jpg

The map below displays all BAMONA data for this species and has three different data layers:
1. All records (yellow dots)   2. Recently verified records (orange dots)*   3. US county records (purple)

How to use the map:
Click on the map and move your mouse to pan.
Zoom by using the plus [+] and minus [-] on the left side of the map.
To change which map layers are displayed, click on the plus sign [+] on the right side of the map and turn on/off the data layers and base layers.

*The orange dots on the map provide access to information about the 400 most recently verified sightings of this species. Sometimes, there are several records at the same location. Use the table view to access these records.

By default, the fifty most recently verified sightings are below. Sort by Observation Date to see the most recent sightings, or filter the sightings by region to get a regional list.

See more recently verified sightings of all species.

You don't have Javascript enabled. Hover for more information! But don't worry: you can still use this web site! You have two options:
  • enable Javascript in your browser and then refresh this page, for a much enhanced experience.
  • click the Update button every time you want to update the selection.
Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
June 03, 2016 tjrickert Brevard County, Florida, United States June 24, 2016 Details
May 03, 2016 JeanEvoy De Soto County, Florida, United States May 25, 2016 Details
April 20, 2016 Sandy White Lee County, Florida, United States April 20, 2016 Details
December 16, 2015 sunfire50 Volusia County, Florida, United States March 10, 2016 Details
February 11, 2016 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States February 25, 2016 Details
December 01, 2015 ncrosbyrd Broward County, Florida, United States December 08, 2015 Details
August 31, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States September 02, 2015 Details
July 01, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States July 02, 2015 Details
November 10, 2014 ncrosbyrd Hidalgo County, Texas, United States May 30, 2015 Details
November 04, 2014 ncrosbyrd Hidalgo County, Texas, United States May 30, 2015 Details
May 25, 2015 jcblithe Broward County, Florida, United States May 29, 2015 Details
May 02, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States May 06, 2015 Details
April 03, 2015 digginflowers Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States April 22, 2015 Details
April 04, 2015 LLJohnson Dominican Republic April 06, 2015 Details
January 30, 2015 Doug Taron Michoacan de Ocampo, Mexico February 02, 2015 Details
December 20, 2014 totonka Palm Beach County, Florida, United States December 22, 2014 Details
November 11, 2014 Sandy White Lee County, Florida, United States November 21, 2014 Details
July 02, 2014 Englishman Hernando County, Florida, United States July 03, 2014 Details
January 25, 2014 Lou Perez Palm Beach County, Florida, United States February 28, 2014 Details
October 07, 2013 mleongkee Chatham County, Georgia, United States February 14, 2014 Details
November 21, 2013 mleongkee Chatham County, Georgia, United States February 14, 2014 Details
October 17, 2013 jrfleullan Chatham County, Georgia, United States February 13, 2014 Details
October 06, 2013 jrfleullan Chatham County, Georgia, United States February 09, 2014 Details
February 10, 2013 LLJohnson Dominican Republic January 25, 2014 Details
March 09, 2013 J_Martineau Lee County, Florida, United States December 04, 2013 Details
November 11, 2013 jgiroux Texas, Travis County, United States November 23, 2013 Details
November 13, 2013 whbauer Bexar County, Texas, United States November 13, 2013 Details
November 08, 2013 John van Dort Olancho, Honduras November 10, 2013 Details
March 21, 2013 Silva Osceola County, Florida, United States October 11, 2013 Details
September 27, 2013 Gary The Villages Sumter County, Florida, United States October 02, 2013 Details
September 22, 2013 Raul Delgado Texas, United States, Webb County September 24, 2013 Details
September 22, 2013 cefredricks Hardee County, Florida, United States September 22, 2013 Details
August 23, 2013 fitzclarke@bellsouth.net Chatham County, Georgia, United States September 17, 2013 Details
September 01, 2013 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States September 15, 2013 Details
August 23, 2013 Mensore Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States August 31, 2013 Details
August 27, 2013 bluejaytx Texas, United States August 28, 2013 Details
July 07, 2013 Mensore Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States July 25, 2013 Details
June 30, 2013 annhsatt Polk County, Florida, United States July 25, 2013 Details
May 15, 2013 TheButterflyEstates Lee County, Florida, United States June 20, 2013 Details
May 04, 2013 TheButterflyEstates Lee County, Florida, United States May 09, 2013 Details
December 19, 2012 Wallwiz Orange County, Florida, United States February 11, 2013 Details
January 09, 2013 Wallwiz Seminole County, Florida, United States February 11, 2013 Details
January 12, 2013 Wallwiz Seminole County, Florida, United States February 11, 2013 Details
January 28, 2013 PDunwiddie Lee County, Florida, United States February 11, 2013 Details
November 23, 2012 jwunder3 Orange County, Florida, United States December 07, 2012 Details
October 28, 2007 Cheri Pierce Lake County, Florida, United States December 07, 2012 Details
November 25, 2012 jwunder3 Orange County, Florida, United States December 07, 2012 Details
November 23, 2012 toddewen Sarasota County, Florida, United States December 07, 2012 Details
September 03, 2012 cfhayes Liberty County, Georgia, United States November 27, 2012 Details
November 03, 2012 gaudettelaura@hotmail.com Monroe County, Florida, United States November 15, 2012 Details