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Cyna Blue (Zizula cyna)

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


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Mission, Texas

By TexasPuddyPrint
Thumbnail #1 of Cyna Blue (Zizula cyna) by TexasPuddyPrint

Member Notes:

Positive TexasPuddyPrint On Aug 16, 2008, TexasPuddyPrint from Edinburg, TX wrote:

This butterfly is considered uncommon in south Texas and is a rare stray to Arizona.

This butterfly is very small - somewhat the size of the Pygmy-Blue. The butterflies perch and sway from side to side - we call it the Cyna wave. The underside (ventral view) is a pale gray to light blue and dotted with many small spots and dashes. The topside (dorsal view) is blue with a brownish coloring towards the outer margins of the wings. They use Snake Herb (Acanthaceae Dyschoriste linearis) as a larval host in south Texas. During late Summer through the Fall seasons several females can be seen flitting around and ovipositing in a patch of Snake Herb growing at our local NABA park.

They might also use Wood Sorrel (Oxalis spp.) as a larval host plant.

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