Clench's Greenstreak (Cyanophrys miserabilis [Clench])
Wing span: 7/8 - 1 1/8 inches (2.2 - 3 cm).
Identification: Hindwing with one tail. Face brown. Upperside steel blue. Underside yellow-green; hindwing outer margin with red-brown submarginal spots.
Life history: Not reported.
Flight: Two-three from April-December in South Texas; February-December in Central America.
Caterpillar hosts: Tree Parkinsonia aculeata in the pea family (Fabaceae).
Adult food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Thorn scrub and seasonally dry subtropical woodland.
Range: Costa Rica north to northern Mexico and South Texas.
Conservation: Habitats in the United States are limited.
The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management needs: Conserve remaining U. S. habitats; improve additional habitats by management.
Opler, P. A. and V. Malikul. 1992. A field guide to eastern butterflies. Peterson field guide #4. Houghton-Mifflin Co., Boston. 396 pages, 48 color plates. 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.