Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak
Strymon bazochii (Godart, [1824])

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: No tails. Upperside of hindwing blue. Underside of hindwing has mottled pattern of brown and gray with dark patches; conspicuous dark spot near costal margin.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 inch (2.2 - 2.5 cm).
Life History: Eggs are laid singly on flowers of host plants; caterpillars feed on flowers and fruits.
Flight: Two to three broods from May-December.
Caterpillar Hosts: Lippia alba and L. graveolens in Texas, Lantanas and basils in Hawaii.
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers of Bidens alba, Lantana, Stachytarpheta jamaicensis among others.
Habitat: Open areas in subtropical thorn scrub.
Range: Paraguay north through Central America, West Indies, and Mexico to South Texas. Introduced in 1902 to Hawaii to control (unsuccessfully) lantana.
Conservation: Not necessary 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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