Lantana Scrub Hairstreak
(previously known as Polyommatus bazochii)
EUMAEINI, THECLINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of F.R. Hedges, NPWRC, USA)
This Caterpillar was deliberately introduced and released into Australia from its native Mexico in 1914 in a failed attempt to control the exotic weed:
Similar attempts were successful in
The food-plants also include:
The butterflies hve brown forewings, with the males having a large dark spot in each forewing cell. The hindwings are blue, each with two dark spots on the margin near the tornus.
The undersides are a mottled brown, with pale areas by the tips, and two dark spots on the hind margin of each forewing. The butterflies have a wing span of about 2 cm.
The eggs are laid singly on flowers of food plants. The caterpillars feed on the flowers and fruits of the food plants.
The species occurs widely in the Americas, including
The species failed to establish in Australia, and probably no longer occurs here.
Further reading :
Jean Baptiste Godart,
Histoire Naturelle Entomologie,
Volume 9, Part 2 (1874), p. 612, No. 203, and also pp. 681-682, No. 203.
James A. Scott,
The Butterflies of North America: A Natural History and Field Guide,
Stanford University Press, 1986, pl. 34, p. 385.
(updated 1 March 2010, 23 November 2013, 10 August 2020)