Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Telea Hairstreak
Chlorostrymon telea (Hewitson, 1868)


Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: Upperside of male iridescent purple-blue; female dull gray-blue. Underside postmedian line is white, forming a W near the inner margin.
Wing Span: 5/8 - 7/8 inch (1.6 - 2.2 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: One flight in South Texas in June; January-July in Central America.
Caterpillar Hosts: Flowers of Guazuma (Costa Rica) and Central American soapberry (Peru).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Stream valleys of semideciduous dry forests.
Range: Southern Brazil north to Mexico. Rare stray to South Texas.
Conservation: Not required for rare tropical stray.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL