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Reakirt’s Blue

Echinargus isola (Reakirt, [1867])

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Occasional breeding stray

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: Reakirt’s Blue resides in southern regions from Costa Rica to the southwestern United States. From there it is a regular stray as far north as the Canadian border. It has been found throughout the state in Nebraska.

Broods/Flight Times: Year round in its southern home range. Mid May into October here

Larval Hostplant(s): Larvae feed on flowers and tender leaves of various legumes, of which Milkvetches (Astragalus species), Wild Licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota), Trefoils (Lotus species), Alfalfa (Medicago sativa), White and Yellow Sweet Clovers (Melilotus alba and M. officinalis), and White Clover (Trifolium repens) are found in Nebraska.

Habitat: Found in a wide variety of habitats, both urban and rural

Found at:

Overwintering: Not in this area

Similar Species: Marine Blue

Notes:

Reakirt’s Blue, Photo by Matthew Brust
Reakirt’s Blue – dorsal
Reakirt’s Blue – ventral

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