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Identification: Upperside of male forewing has a broad diagonal band and a yellow spot near the end of the cell. Tails all black, narrow. Female mostly black; hindwing has a blue and gray-green submarginal band on upperside and very short tails.
Wing Span: 4 5/8 - 4 3/4 inches (11.7 - 12 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: Probably 2 from April- October.
Caterpillar Hosts: Leaves of citrus trees (Rutaceae family).
Adult Food: Nectar of flowers including Lantana.
Habitat: Subtropical forests.
Range: Mexico south to Argentina. Occasional in south Texas; rare stray to southern Arizona and north Texas.
Conservation: Not needed for 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 required.
Pollinator Week was June 20-26, 2022!
Butterflies and moths are accidental pollinators of many flowering plants. While most species do not have special structures to carry pollen, they do brush against pollen and transfer it to other flowers.
Did you know? The Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas) flies close to the ground and uses its short proboscis to probe flowers of wild strawberry, white sweet clover, and other low-lying plants.