Clytie Ministreak (Ministrymon clytie)

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

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Mission, Texas
San Isidro, Texas

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On Aug 16, 2006, Magpye from NW Qtr, AR (Zone 6a) wrote:

Clytie Ministreak (Ministrymon clytie [W. H. Edwards])

Wing span: 3/4 - 7/8 inch (1.9 - 2.2 cm).

Identification: Tailed. Upperside silver-blue; underside pale gray. Forewing with orange median dash; hindwing has 2 lines of orange dashes.

Life history: Not reported.

Flight: February-December in South Texas.

Caterpillar hosts: Blackbeads (Pithecellobium species) in the pea family (Fabaceae).

Adult food: Flower nectar including blackbead.

Habitat: Tropical forest openings, subtropical thorn forests.

Range: Northwest Costa Rica north through Mexico to South Texas. Strays into southern Arizona.

Positive

On Mar 2, 2008, TexasPuddyPrint from Edinburg, TX wrote:

A dainty little butterfly that is always a welcomed sight. They are truly tiny but quite active - flitting from blossom to blossom in search of nectar.