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Butterflies of North America -- Lasaia sula

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Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
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Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula Staudinger)

Wing span: 7/8 - 1 1/4 inches (2.2 - 3.2 cm).

Identification: Male metallic blue-green above; female checkered gray with black spots.

Life history: Not reported.

Flight: April-December in South Texas.

Caterpillar hosts: Albizia in the pea family (Fabaceae).

Adult food: Not reported.

Habitat: Open subtropical forests and edges, agricultural areas.

Range: Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas south to Honduras.

Conservation: Not required for periodic stray and occasional resident.

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:

DeVries, P. J. 1997. The butterflies of Costa Rica and their  natural history. 
    Volume II Riodinidae. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey. 
    288 pages, 25 color plates.

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

Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
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