Species Page: Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)

Ceraunus Blue

Hemiargus ceraunus (Fabricius, 1793)

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Very rare stray

NENHP Rank: Not listed

Range: South America north to the southernmost United States, straying north from there.

Larval Hostplant(s): Partridge pea (Cassia brachiata) and mesquites (Prosopis species).

Broods/Flight Times: Year round in Texas.

Overwintering: Not in our area.

Habitat: N/A

Avg. Wingspan: 3/4 – 1 1/8 inches.

Found at: N/A

Similar Species: Reakirt’s & Marine Blues

Notes: A single specimen is known from the state, a male in the California Academy of Science collection from Boone County (date and collector unknown). Its identity was determined/verified by Robert L. Langston in 1999.