Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Riodinidae
Genus: Lasaia
Species: sula

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Los Fresnos, Texas

Members' Notes:

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Positive

On Oct 26, 2014, TexasPuddyPrint from Edinburg, TX wrote:

I've photographed this butterfly in Brownsville and Harlingen - both in extreme south Texas (Cameron County). The male is an iridescent blue and the female is checkered brown to gray with both having black markings. Lime green eyes.

The larval host is suspected to be Screwbean Mesquite (Prosopis pubescens) - also known as "Tornillo" - because the bean pod is tightly wound resembling a coil.

Positive

On Oct 12, 2008, Danny112596 from Los Fresnos, TX (Zone 10a) wrote:

I have a butterfly book and it states that the Blue Metalmark reaches the U.S. only by the county of Cameron of the state of Texas. It is an uncommon butterfly. I found it on my Tropical Milkweed. It stayed on it for about 10 minutes then flew away.

2010- Had a female flying around the mistflower in the fall.

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