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Clytie Ministreak (Ministrymon clytie)
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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

Clytie Ministreak (Ministrymon clytie)
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