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Cassius Blue (Leptotes cassius)

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

Profile:

3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Regional...

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Boca Raton, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Largo, Florida
Lutz, Florida (2 reports)
Melbourne, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida
Palm Harbor, Florida
Edinburg, Texas

By Vee8ch
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Member Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive Vee8ch On Aug 13, 2006, Vee8ch from Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b) wrote:

Abundant in South Florida. These teeny tiny little guys (.75-1") thrive in my yard. They love Plumbago and weedy wildflowers. Once in awhile you catch a glimpse of the beautiful blue on the dorsal but to get a photograph is nearly impossible. They are constantly on the move.

Positive asafla On Nov 25, 2007, asafla from Palm Harbor, FL
(Zone 9b) wrote:

TINY! You almost don't even notice this butterfly as it flits about. You'll think it's one of those white moths that come up out of the grass but if you stop and check....it might be this Blue.They're social, so if it does stop you'll be able to get close enough to id it.They love my powderpuff tree for nectar and they lay their eggs on the native FL plumbago.

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

They started out using plumbago as a larval host in my front yard and but found the Least Snout Bean Vine (Rhynchosia minima) in my back yard. The LSBV is abundant in my back yard and so are the Cassius Blues!


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