Marine Blue

Leptotes marina (Reakirt, 1868)

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Uncommon stray, possibly breeding

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: This blue resides year round in Mexico and southern portions of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. It regularly strays into Nebraska and less frequently as far north as Minnesota. It has been found throughout the state but is not often encountered in northern areas.

Broods/Flight Times: Adults have been found from late May into November

Larval Hostplant(s): Various legumes

Habitat: As a stray it may occur anywhere

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Overwintering: Does not survive winters in Nebraska

Similar Species: Reakirt’s and Eastern Tailed Blues


Marine Blue, Kearney, Photo by Jonathan Nikkila
Marine Blue – dorsal
Marine Blue – ventral

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