Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Eastern Pygmy-Blue
Brephidium pseudofea (Morrison, 1873)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Polyommatinae
Identification: Tiny. Upperside copper brown. Underside hindwing and fringes dark brown.
Wing Span: 3/4 - 7/8 inch (2 - 2.2 cm).
Life History: Males patrol low over the host plants in search of females. Flight is weak and slow.
Flight: May-August in Georgia, throughout the year in Florida. Number of broods has not been determined.
Caterpillar Hosts: Annual glassworts (Salicornia species) in the goosefood family (Chenopodiaceae).
Adult Food: In Florida, nectar from palmetto palm and saltwort (Batis maritima) flowers.
Habitat: Near saltwater in coastal marshes and tidal flats.
Range: South Carolina south along the Atlantic coastal plain to both coasts of Florida and the Keys, west along the Gulf Coast to Louisiana. Occasionally strays to Texas and inland.
Conservation: Not usually required.
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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