Attributes of Leptotes marina

Marine Blue
Leptotes marina (Reakirt, 1868)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Polyommatinae
Identification: Upperside blue; male with purple tinge, female with no white. Underside of forewing with unbroken pale brown bands from costa to inner margin.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 1/8 inches (2.2 - 2.9 cm).
Life History: Males patrol to find females. Eggs are laid singly on flower buds of the host plant; caterpillars eat flowers and seedpods.
Flight: April-September in the north, all through the year in South Texas and southern California.
Caterpillar Hosts: Leadwort (Plumbago) and many legumes including alfalfa (Medicago sativa), milkvetch (Astragalus), and mesquite (Prosopis).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Subtropical and southwestern open areas including mesquite scrub, city gardens, desert, alfalfa fields, and waste areas.
Range: Southern California east through the Southwest, Mexico and Baja California to Guatemala. Wanders and temporarily colonizes north to Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, and Louisiana.
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.
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Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
October 18, 2006 Shirley Wilkerson Brazos County, Texas, United States February 20, 2017 Details
December 03, 2014 mesquite Pima County, Arizona, United States January 09, 2017 Details
September 15, 2016 cbruner Yuma County, Arizona, United States September 26, 2016 Details
September 10, 2016 Greg Sievert Harvey County, Kansas, United States September 23, 2016 Details
August 30, 2016 treichard San Diego County, California, United States September 15, 2016 Details
September 13, 2016 ezeemonee Santa Barbara County, California, United States September 13, 2016 Details
August 25, 2016 bces Deuel County, South Dakota, United States August 30, 2016 Details
August 17, 2016 Gerald Friesen San Diego County, California, United States August 17, 2016 Details
July 29, 2016 MAKI Inyo County, California, United States August 03, 2016 Details
July 03, 2016 guy_incognito San Bernardino County, California, United States July 31, 2016 Details
July 06, 2016 ncrosbyrd Los Angeles County, California, United States July 29, 2016 Details
June 11, 2016 ncrosbyrd Kern County, California, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 17, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States July 19, 2016 Details
July 09, 2016 Chuck Schussman Riverside County, California, United States July 13, 2016 Details
July 09, 2016 diwalks2 Los Angeles County, California, United States July 11, 2016 Details
July 05, 2016 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States July 06, 2016 Details
May 16, 2016 D. Dodd Brewster County, Texas, United States July 02, 2016 Details
June 25, 2016 Mzteachuh San Bernardino County, California, United States June 26, 2016 Details
June 16, 2016 Mzteachuh San Bernardino County, California, United States June 18, 2016 Details
May 31, 2016 ezeemonee Santa Barbara County, California, United States June 03, 2016 Details
May 18, 2016 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States May 22, 2016 Details
May 15, 2016 Sara Ryndfleisz Monterey County, California, United States May 17, 2016 Details
April 29, 2016 PONYRCR Clark County, Nevada, United States May 13, 2016 Details
April 15, 2016 ezeemonee Santa Barbara County, California, United States April 19, 2016 Details
April 17, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States April 18, 2016 Details
April 03, 2016 PONYRCR Riverside County, California, United States April 04, 2016 Details
February 21, 2016 PONYRCR Orange County, California, United States February 23, 2016 Details
February 14, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States February 15, 2016 Details
August 21, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 30, 2015 Details
June 06, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 29, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 25, 2015 Details
November 08, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States November 09, 2015 Details
November 01, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States November 02, 2015 Details
October 06, 2015 MAKI Ventura County, California, United States October 13, 2015 Details
October 07, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States October 08, 2015 Details
September 18, 2015 ezeemonee Santa Barbara County, California, United States September 19, 2015 Details
May 21, 2013 Martin and Sara Gonzales County, Texas, United States September 16, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States August 09, 2015 Details
August 02, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States August 02, 2015 Details
August 02, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States August 02, 2015 Details
August 02, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States August 02, 2015 Details
July 28, 2015 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States July 30, 2015 Details
July 21, 2015 KittKatt Los Angeles County, California, United States July 28, 2015 Details
July 28, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States July 28, 2015 Details
June 08, 2014 Shirley Wilkerson Comanche County, Texas, United States July 27, 2015 Details
June 07, 2015 mad4tunes Maricopa County, Arizona, United States July 25, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States July 19, 2015 Details
July 06, 2015 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States July 09, 2015 Details
July 02, 2015 Mzteachuh San Bernardino County, California, United States July 02, 2015 Details
June 13, 2015 Kristie Nelson Mono County, California, United States June 15, 2015 Details