rita

Rita Blue

Euphilotes rita (W. Barnes & McDunnough, 1916)

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Rare resident

NENHP Ranking: S1, Tier 2

Range: Various subspecies inhabit portions of the American West from eastern California to southern Wyoming, and south through Arizona and New Mexico. Subspecies coloradensis is found in Colorado, Wyoming and the southern portion of the Nebraska panhandle.

Broods/Flight Times: One flight in mid-late summer. Our records are from mid August.

Larval Hostplant(s): Buckwheats – Yellow Wild Buckwheat (Eriogonum flavum) and E. effusum

Habitat: This butterfly has been taken in Nebraska on only two occasions, both on roadsides. It is reported to occupy prairies and prairie ravines in association with the hostplants.

Found at:

Overwintering: As pupae

Similar Species: Dotted, Melissa and Lupine Blues.

Notes:

Rita Blue, Howard Ensign Evans, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
Rita Blue – male, dorsal
Rita Blue – male, ventral

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