On Sep 14, 2008, TexasPuddyPrint from Edinburg, TX wrote:
A gorgeous butterfly!!! Although this butterfly is a regular at times in Texas and flies most of the year it can usually be seen during the late Spring through late Fall season in south Texas. It is a rare stray to southeastern Arizona.
Above (dorsal view) is dark brown to black with a vibrant turquoise-blue on forehead, body and base of wings. Foreweings have a glassy white diagonal band and smaller white dots forming another shorter band near the forewing tip. Below (ventral view) is brown with leading edge white at base. Some turquoise is visible near forewing base. White bands are also visible. Underside of head and thorax are a golden yellow.
Adults usually perch with wings opened flat and often seek shelter underneath leaves. Males tend to be very territorial and will remain in near the same spot for several days at a time.
Two or more broods annually.
Larval host plant is Coyotillo (Karwinskia humboltiana).