Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Clytie Ministreak
Ministrymon clytie (W.H. Edwards, 1877)


Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: Tailed. Upperside silver-blue; underside pale gray. Forewing with orange median dash; hindwing has 2 lines of orange dashes.
Wing Span: 3/4 - 7/8 inch (1.9 - 2.2 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: February-December in South Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Blackbeads (Pithecellobium species) in the pea family (Fabaceae).
Adult Food: Flower nectar including blackbead.
Habitat: Tropical forest openings, subtropical thorn forests.
Range: Northwest Costa Rica north through Mexico to South Texas. Strays into southern Arizona.
Conservation: Populations in the Lower Rio Grande Valley need to be conserved.
NCGR: G3 - Very rare or local throughout its range or found locally in a restricted range (21 to 100 occurrences). (Threatened throughout its range).
Management Needs: Protect habitat with Pithecellobium species.
Comments: NULL