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Western Pygmy Blue (Brephidium exile)

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Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Brephidium
Species: exile

Profile:

2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Regional...

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Las Cruces, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
Edinburg, Texas

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Member Notes:

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Positive catbird8 On May 28, 2007, catbird8 from Houston, TX wrote:

This is the smallest butterfly in North America. Very difficult to photograph. 3/8 - 3/4 " Picture by Catbird8 taken in Roswell, NM in November, 2006.

Positive TexasPuddyPrint On Oct 25, 2014, TexasPuddyPrint from Edinburg, TX wrote:

Yep...the smallest butterfly indeed! I've watched them using Pitseed Goosefoot (Chenopodium berlandieri) as a larval host in Hidalgo and Starr county (Texas). Must say though...this plant is stinky! Wait...it's beyond stinky! It's downright nasty smelling! However, it is also the larval host plant for a couple of other butterflies: Common Sootywing (Pholisora Catullus) and Goldenheaded Scallopwing (Staphylus ceos).

Will try to get egg photos...they are just sooooo tiny!


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