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.
Conservation: Populations in the Lower Rio Grande Valley need to be conserved.
The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: G3 - Very rare or local throughout its range or found locally in a restricted range (21 to 100 occurrences). (Threatened throughout its range).
Management needs: Protect habitat with Pithecellobium species.
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.