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Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak Strymon bazochii

 

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Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak
credit: Anne Toal/CCSA

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Family: Lycaenidae, Gossamer-wing Butterflies view all from this family



Description The Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak or Smaller Lantana Butterfly (Strymon bazochii) is a butterfly in the Lycaenidae family. It is found from Paraguay north through Central America, the West Indies and Mexico to southern Texas. It was introduced to Hawaii in 1902 to control lantana, in which it has proven unsuccessful.

Adults are on wing from May to December. There are two to three generations per year.

The larvae feed on Lippia alba and Lippia graveolens in Texas. In Hawaii, they feed on Lantana species and basils. Adults feed on nectar from various flowers, including Bidens alba, Lantana species and Stachytarpheta jamaicensis.


Dimensions The wingspan is 22-25 mm.


Habitat Scrub, shrub & brushlands.


Range Texas.


 

 

 

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