Leptotes cassius, Cassius Blue

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Leptotes cassius, Cassius Blue

Male in mid flight courting female

Description:  Ventral sides of male and female are similar. There is a white backround with dark brown mottled spots and a blue spot on the hind wing. Dorsal sides of the sexes differ greatly. Males are blue on top. Females are white and light blue with black markings and a thick black outer wing margin on the forewing.

 

Habitat and Distribution: This species flies in many habitats and is perhaps the most widespread and consistantly abundant species in the Keys. It flies anywhere the host plant grows. It is also common in South Florida.

 

Host Plant: Many plants including (Galactia striata), Plumbago sps. (Lysiloma latisiliquum)

 

Natural History: The cassius blue is a very widespread and abundant species throughout South Florida. It can be found flying in any month. 

 

Leptotes cassius, Cassius Blue

Mating pair

Leptotes cassius, Cassius Blue larva

Final instar larva

Leptotes cassius, Cassius Blue larva

Final instar larva

Leptotes cassius, Cassius Blue larva

Prepupal larva

Leptotes cassius, Cassius Blue pupa

Chrysalis

Leptotes cassius, Cassius Blue

Adult female

Leptotes cassius, Cassius Blue

Adult male

Leptotes cassius, Cassius Blue

Adult male

Leptotes cassius, Cassius Blue

Adult female

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