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Butterflies of New Mexico -- Myscelia cyananthe (incl. skinneri and streckeri)

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Butterflies of New Mexico

Blackened Bluewing (Myscelia cyananthe (incl. skinneri and streckeri))

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.

Habitat: Subtropics.

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.

References:

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:

Ferris, C.D. and F.M. Brown. 1980. Butterflies of the Rocky Mountain States. 
     University of Oklahoma Press. Norman.

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.

Tilden, J.W. and A.C. Smith. 1986. A Field Guide to Western Butterflies. 
     Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass.

Add Toliver, M., Holland, R., and S.J. Cary. 1996. Distributional data
     for New Mexico Butterflies. Privately published. Albuquerque, N.M.
Blackened Bluewing (Myscelia cyananthe (incl. skinneri and streckeri))
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