Brephidium isophthalma pseudofea, Eastern Pygmy-Blue

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Brephidium isophthalma pseudofea, Eastern Pygmy-Blue

Freshly emerged adult

Brephidium isophthalma pseudofea, Eastern Pygmy-Blue

Freshly emerged adult

Brephidium isophthalma pseudofea, Eastern Pygmy-Blue

Freshly emerged adult

Description:  6-9 mm. This is the smallest butterfly in Florida. Dorsal side is brown with tiny black dots on the hind wing. Ventral side is brown with white markings and 4 black spots with silvery blue flecks inside. Males and females are very similar.

 

Habitat and Distribution: Salt marshes of the Keys and coastal Southeastern United States. They have been found in most of the Keys

 

Host Plant: Glassworts (Salicornia bigelovii) and (Salicornia virginica) as well as Saltwort (Batis maritima)

 

Natural History: This species is very easily overlooked due to its small size and drab color. It also flies close to the ground and in very close association with its host plant. They can be abundant at times and can be found in all months in the Keys. 

 

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