Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Cyna Blue
Zizula cyna (W.H. Edwards, 1881)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Polyommatinae
Identification: Very small. Upperside violet-blue with wide dark borders. Underside pale gray with many tiny black dots.
Wing Span: 5/8 - 7/8 inch (1.6 - 2.2 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: March-November. Number of broods is not yet determined.
Caterpillar Hosts: Flower buds of Acanthaceae plants.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Open scrub in subtropics and deserts.
Range: South Texas south through Mexico, Central America, and South America to Argentina. Strays to north Texas, southern Arizona, and Kansas.
Conservation: Permanent populations in the United States, if any, should be conserved.
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
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