Species Page: Marine Blue (Leptotes marina)

Marine Blue

Leptotes marina (Reakirt, 1868)

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Uncommon stray, possibly breeding

NENHP Rank: 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.

Larval Hostplant(s): Numerous legumes.

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

Overwintering: Not this far north.

Habitat: Alfalfa fields, urban areas with nectar sources.

Avg. Wingspan: 7/8 – 1 1/8 inches

Found at: N/A

Similar Species: Reakirt’s Blue