Hemiargus ceraunus antibubastus, Ceraunus Blue

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Hemiargus ceraunus antibubastus, Ceraunus Blue

Freshly emerged male

Description: 8-12 mm. Dorsal side of the males are blue with black boarder and a small black dot on the hindwing. Females are variable in the amount of blue they have. Some individuals are almost all black and some have a considerable amount of blue. Ventral side is gray with black spots that have white boarders. There is a black spot on the hindwing with blue flecks inside. This black spot is surrounded by an orange boarder. Similar species are Cyclargus ammon and Cyclargus thomasi

 

Habitat and Distribution: This is a common butterfly throughout Florida and Central America. They can be found in most of the larger Keys and is most common in weedy fields and in the pinelands of Big Pine Key. 

 

Host Plant: There are many hosts for this species including pineland acacia, Sesbania macrocarpa etc...

 

Natural History: This is a common species in weedy fields. We easily reared many larvae through on green beans. 

 

Hemiargus ceraunus antibubastus, Ceraunus Blue egg

Egg

Hemiargus ceraunus antibubastus, Ceraunus Blue larva

Final instar larvae

Hemiargus ceraunus antibubastus, Ceraunus Blue larva

Final instar larva

Hemiargus ceraunus antibubastus, Ceraunus Blue pupa

Chrysalis

Hemiargus ceraunus antibubastus, Ceraunus Blue

Freshly emerged male

Hemiargus ceraunus antibubastus, Ceraunus Blue

Freshly emerged female

Hemiargus ceraunus antibubastus, Ceraunus Blue

Freshly emerged male

Hemiargus ceraunus antibubastus, Ceraunus Blue

Freshly emerged male

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