Blackened Bluewing (Myscelia cyananthe Felder & Felder)
Wing span: Not reported.
Identification: Upperside is black with iridescent blue bands; center of forewing is black without bands.
Life history: Not reported.
Flight: Many flights throughout the year in Mexico.
Caterpillar hosts: Not reported.
Adult food: Rotting fruit.
Range: Subtropical Mexico. A rare stray to South Texas and New Mexico.
Conservation: Not required for rare stray.
The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management needs: None reported.
Scott, J. A. 1986. The butterflies of North America. Stanford University Press, Stanford, Calif. 583 pages, 64 color plates.
Author: Jane M. Struttmann
State and Regional References:
Opler, Paul A. 1999. Peterson Field Guide to Western Butterflies, revised edition. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass. Stanford, R.E. and P.A. Opler. 1993. Atlas of Western USA Butterflies. Privately published, Denver, Colo.