Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Tropical Greenstreak
Cyanophrys herodotus (Fabricius, 1793)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: Hindwing tailed. Upperside blue; face and underside green. Hindwing with only 1 red-brown spot at lower outer margin.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 1/8 inches (2.2 - 2.9 cm).
Life History: Females lay eggs singly on flowers and flower stalks of host plants. Caterpillars feed on leaves and flowers.
Flight: Late May-late October in South Texas, throughout the year in Central America and Mexico.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various shrubs and trees in Central America and Mexico including Lantana camara, Cornutia grandifolia, Clerodendron paniculatum (Verbenaceae); Lithraea brasiliensis, Schinus molle, Mangifera indica (Anacardiaceae); and Mikania (Asteraceae).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Seasonally dry and wet tropical forests and neighboring edges.
Range: Brazil north through Central and South America to Sinaloa and Tamaulipas in Mexico. Rare stray to South Texas.
Conservation: Not required for rare 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.
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