Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Aquamarine Hairstreak
Oenomaus ortygnus (Cramer, 1779)


Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: Upperside blue with black borders. Underside gray with a pink sheen; no submarginal or postmedian lines. Hindwing has 3 or 4 black spots.
Wing Span: 1 1/8 - 1 1/2 inches (3 - 3.8 cm).
Life History: Eggs are laid singly on the host plant; caterpillars bore into and feed upon the buds, flowers and fruits.
Flight: January-November in Mexico, strayed to South Texas in mid-December.
Caterpillar Hosts: Annona species.
Adult Food: Not reported.
Habitat: Low elevation wet and dry tropical forests.
Range: Brazil north through Central America to Tamaulipas, Mexico. Rare stray to South Texas.
Conservation: Not necessary for rare stray.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL