Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)

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

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Lake Charles, Louisiana
Edinburg, Texas
Houston, Texas

Members' Notes:

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

Wing span: 7/8 - 1 5/16 inches (2.2 - 3.3 cm).

Identification: Undersides of both forewing and hindwing gray-brown with the inner edge of the postmedian line edged narrowly on its inner edge with red-orange. Eyespot at anal angle of hindwing with amount of orange equal to the amount of black.

Life history: Caterpiller dark brown with 2 black dorsal lines and long, dark brown hairs.

Flight: Two flights. January-April and June-July.

Caterpillar hosts: Dead leaves, fruits, and other organic matter on the ground particularly under trees of the family Anacardiaceae.

Habitat: Lowland forest edges, valley bottom.

Range: Eastern, southeastern, and central Texas. Rarely also found in west-central Texas.

Positive

On May 22, 2008, TexasPuddyPrint from Edinburg, TX wrote:

A lovely addition to any butterfly garden. In south Texas this hairstreak enjoys nectaring on croton and often times numerous individuals can be seen on the same plant.

~ Cat