Species Page: Reakirt’s Blue (Echinargus isola)

Reakirt’s Blue

Echinargus isola (Reakirt, [1867])

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Occasional breeding stray

NENHP Rank: 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.

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.

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

Overwintering: N/A

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

Avg. Wingspan: 3/4 – 1 1/8 inches

Found at: N/A

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