Pygmy Blue

Brephidium exilis (Boisduval, 1852)

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Rare stray, possibly breeding but not likely due to their late arrival dates.

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: B. exilis resides in an area from southern California east to southern Texas. From there they stray north as far as Nebraska and Idaho.

Broods/Flight Times: Year round in south Texas. Nebraska records are from August and September

Larval Hostplant(s): Various Chenopodiacea of which the following occur in Nebraska: Lamb’s-quarters (Chenapodium album), and Shadscale, Spearscale and Redscale (Atriplex canescens, A. patula, and A. rosea)

Habitat: Open alkaline areas or sandbars

Found at:

Overwintering: Not in our area

Similar Species:


Common Name, Location, Photographer
Pygmy Blue – dorsal
Pygmy Blue – ventral

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