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Clench's Greenstreak (Cyanophrys miserabilis)
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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

Clench's Greenstreak (Cyanophrys miserabilis)
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