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Goodson's Greenstreak (Cyanophrys goodsoni)
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Goodson's Greenstreak (Cyanophrys goodsoni [Clench])

Wing span: 7/8 - 1 1/8 inches (2.2 - 3 cm).

Identification: Tailless. Face green. Upperside silver-blue. Underside yellow-green; hindwing with one red-brown spot at lower outer margin.

Life history: Eggs are laid singly on flowers of host plant.

Flight: From May-December in South Texas, February-December in Central America.

Caterpillar hosts: Herb Rivinia humilis in the Phytolaccaceae family.

Adult food: Flower nectar.

Habitat: Thorn scrub and edges of seasonally dry tropical forest.

Range: Guanacaste Province in Costa Rica north to eastern Mexico and South Texas (stray).

Conservation: Not required for rare stray.

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: None reported.


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

Goodson's Greenstreak (Cyanophrys goodsoni)
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